Give Your College Student the Power to Reclaim Their Structure and Accountability so They Can Reach Their Full Potential
A chilling discovery by The Journal of Learning in 2008 revealed that just 5% of college students with ADHD will obtain their degree vs. a graduation rate of 41 percent of their non-ADHD peers.
This is unacceptable, but when you consider all the challenges an ADHD student is likely to encounter immediately upon entering college, it’s not surprising.
Here are just a few of the demands that are thrown at college students with no safety net:
- independently organize their time and materials
- independently pick classes to meet degree requirements
- pay bills on time
- regulate impulsive urges and resist constant social temptations that directly compete with schoolwork production and studying demands
- independently determine and meet sleep, nutritional, and exercise needs
- independently study hours of complex reading material, attend classes with varying schedules, take copious notes, prepare assignments
- access on-campus resources such as the library, tutoring services, study groups and counseling completely on their own
Considering the dramatically increased demands and immediate removal of structure and support that most students experience when they enter college, it’s no surprise that so many college students with ADHD never make it past their first year in school, let alone graduate with a degree.
Think about it. Your 18 year old is in their sanctuary, at home under your watchful eye, safely embedded in your structured environment…when suddenly, as if thrown into the deep end of the pool, they are thrust into a life of independence along with hundreds or thousands of other 18 year olds in their college dorm–with little or no supervision.
Given your child’s challenges with delayed gratification and planning for the future, if they were presented with:
Option A: studying for a test
Option B: going to a party
…which would they choose?
What problems will their choices present and do they possess the ability and self-awareness to manage all of this on their own?
What’s at stake if they consistently make poor choices?
College student coaching, especially for someone with ADHD, can without a doubt be the difference between success and failure.
My college student clients work with me to develop and design the structure and accountability that went missing when they left home.
I have a unique ability to create a non-judgmental environment that encourages their exploration and ultimate development of effective strategies to deal with, and even thrive in, their new surroundings.
College will always present significant challenges for the student with ADHD, but with my coaching they will not only get a fighting chance, they will recapture their ability to succeed on their own terms.