My parents and I have been struggling with the question of whether or not to disclose my ADD in my college apps (in an essay). I was diagnosed at the end of Freshman year with ADD, and since then I have taken medication for it. Because I was only diagnosed at the end of ninth grade, my freshman year grades are not great; however, with the help of medication, my grades quickly began to change. My school grades on a 100 scale, not a 4.0 scale. Here are my grades throughout highschool.
In ninth grade I took no honors/AP courses. In tenth grade I took two Honors/AP courses. In eleventh grade I took five. The reason my tenth year grades are not too great is because the medication I began to take that year had some nasty side effects that I had to deal with and get used to--such as mild anxiety (OCD). I overcame these obstacles, and in eleventh grade I THRIVED; I took as many challenging courses as I could, I realized I loved school, and I even began to tutor kids in my own classes.
I want to go to a very challenging school. So my question isdisclose my ADD or not? The rest of my application is strong (35 ACT, 2340 SAT, plenty of extra curriculars, etc.)
I truly appreciate all of the help that you all give. Thank you so much.