Read ADHD Special Circumstances essay - Common Application
So late in my Sophomore year I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. It explained a lot of things especially why I always got C's in my Spanish class, but also why my other grades have really only been adequate as well.
I am now a senior applying for colleges. Since I started getting treatment for my ADHD my grades have increased dramatically (going from mostly B's to mostly A's in AP or enriched classes), and really my life has became much improved.
I had always figured that I would talk about inattentive ADHD in the special circumstances section of the Common App, especially since I only started to get treated for it my junior year and it explains the discrepancy in my gpa.
However after reading some of the posts on CC I have kind of gotten scared as to whether or not I should even mention it. I have never felt as if having ADHD would be a liability to any college I go to and I don't wan't/ feel the need for special assistance or help.
So I guess my question is not so much whether or not I should talk about my ADHD since I really think I am going to have to to explain my low gpa freshman and sophomore year. But I am looking for volunteers to read the very short essay I have written to put in my short essay.
Please PM me or tell me to PM you.
These are the things I am shooting for in my special circumstances essay:
1.) Explain poor grades freshman and sophomore year
2.) Make sure that the colleges don't think that my ADHD should be any sort of liability to them.
Other things I am hoping to get across (though not as important):
3.) Why I still got B's in classes like math or other subjects that relied heavily on knowledge gained from earlier years (knowledge that I didn't grasp much of since I only started to get treated Junior year). I did not write this in my essay anywhere, but I am assuming the admissions knows enough about ADHD that they will be able to make the connection.
4.) Show that I was able to overcome my ADHD and have become a better student because of it.
Please let me know if you want to read it or give me your 2 cents.