Succeeding in school and making my life as productive as possible is a major goal for me. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) when I was a sophomore in high school. I was unhappy and frustrated in high school. No matter how hard I tried, it was hard for me to sit still and pay attention in class. I wasn't able to concentrate on my schoolwork, and my grades suffered. Sometimes I felt like the teachers really didn't understood how I felt and how hard I was trying to do well.
Prior to my diagnosis as ADD, I couldn't understand what was wrong with me. I struggled to keep up in school and to deal with my problems. Following my diagnosis, I was able to attend Landmark School West. This school only has students with learning disabilities. Here I was taught to understand and learn, despite my ADD. I learned that I was not stupid. I have a learning disability, and, although it is an obstacle, I can overcome it and be successful in school.
Attending college for the first time was a major adjustment. Like most other new students, I felt a little lost and overwhelmed. High school hadn't prepared me for what I faced in college. The adjustment to the class schedule, learning where everything was located on campus, and being on my own were difficult at first. It had always been frustrating for me to try to handle my schoolwork, focus on assignments, and spend some time with my friends. It took longer than I thought to sort everything out and adjust. In spite of the hard work, I liked being at Chapman. My teachers were helpful and supportive, and being at college was fun.
Even though I worked very hard the fist semester and passed all my classes, I felt a lot of pressure all the time. When the second semester started, I felt like I was still behind from the first semester and unable to catch up. I wasn't able to focus, and, despite my best efforts to keep up, I was behind in my class work after ...