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  • Re: Is a 3.2 GPA that bad?????

    Hi @gainesvillegal

    Not to worry! No one asks for your GPA in marketing--just leave it off your resume. More important is having internships in marketing or real life work experience of any kind, if you worked to fund your schooling. Consider even an internship after graduation with a company you would like to work for, if you can afford it.

    Personality and interpersonal skills are key in marketing. I've been hiring young people in marketing for over 20 years. We look for someone who is well-spoken, confident, listens carefully, and is efficient yet informative with their responses (rambling is a deal breaker--we don't have time for it in the workplace).

    We are looking for someone who asks informed questions, has done research on our business, has a top-notch written resume (a candidate will never be any better than their resume, so if there is a typo or grammar mistake on it, we aren't going to talk with that candidate).

    We want someone who is detailed-oriented about the work but can understand the big picture of our business objectives.

    Good luck and don't worry about the GPA.
  • Re: adhd and deciding on medication

    Ritalin is in and out of the system. Niece uses it to study and attend some classes. She was diagnosed ADHD-combined type in first grade. Everything she learned in first grade she learned in the last 6 weeks of the school year on medication. She was going to be held back and moved to special ed-- but for her Ritalin was night and day. She suddenly learned to read because she could focus, and she turned out to be very bright once she could pay attention. She's a junior in college now.

    School is an artificial environment. Niece wouldn't have made it through without Ritalin. Now as an adult, she knows what it feels like to be on it and off it, and makes smart, personal decisions about when to use it.

    There are 2 families of stimulant drugs that are used the most--the Ritalin family and the Adderall family. Many of the other names are simply varied delivery systems for these two families, although occasionally a minor molecule is changed so a drug company can secure a new drug patent, such as Focalin (Ritalin family). A good psychiatrist can explain it best.

    Niece's psychiatrist liked the Adderall family because there were so many options of dosages. Niece first tried 5mg and it was amazing. It was the first time she could express memories, because the cloud of ADHD cleared in her brain. But the rebound effect was disastrous. She saw crawly things on the wall and went to a very dark place. Only happens to a very small percentage of Adderall users. But fortunately it was in and out of her system quickly with the short acting pill.

    Ritalin wasn't quite as effective but it still made a huge difference in the quality of her school life and learning, and there was no rebound effect. For delivery systems she used long-acting granules (generic) in elementary school, and later, Concerta in H.S. She uses short-acting pills now (generic), controlling the timing for optimal studying and sleeping, as she loves to go to bed early. She works out regularly and has a healthy appetite.

    I think an ADHD student has to be offered the option to try medication, and make their own decision, especially in H.S.
  • Re: Choosing a major

    I think it may depend on the college. My DD did AP Bio but not AP Chem. She tried to major in Chem at a large university but it was too much for her (she did very well in HS Chem). At a small school, she might have been ok with more personal attention as a Chem major. The real question is what does she want to study? And can she go in undeclared, so she can figure it out.
  • Re: Help? 17 y/o with ADHD afraid of not getting into college? Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Olivia our family has a cousin who didn't graduate high school because of ADHD, got a GED, did 2 years of community college, transferred to UCLA, graduated, had to do his medical school out of the country where it was cheaper, did his residency in a top US hospital, and is now a well respected ER doctor. He's amazing in the ER, but could never clean out his garage, because he'd get too bored and distracted with his ADHD. He was determined, never doubted himself, he just didn't worry, but kept plodding along despite obstacles. It is a lesson to all of us who worry too much. It may not be on the perfect path, but it can be done.
  • Re: Good Computer Science college for Aspie son

    Some time ago folks were talking about an ASD support program at University of Alabama and a CS program, and I believe a program at MIT has been mentioned as well.