Most colleges have strategies in place to help students as they begin transitioning and attending college with the rise of ADD (ADHD) in college students. Students may have found themselves struggling in their elementary, middle, and high school years; but find even more challenges once they get to college because they are now away from their families and entering a new environment where there are very few structures in place. Transitioning to college is one of the most challenging transitions that occur in one’s lifetime. There are more changes that occur in such a short period of time than they will encounter even in a new job or marriage as students acclimate to college life. There are many students that find themselves struggling as they learn how to make their own decisions and with whom and how they will spend their time even though many students feel a sense of freedom once they are out from under their parent’s control. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects 1 to 4 percent of all college students according to national studies.

Academic success and ADHD

The transition to college can be especially difficult for the first year students with ADHD. Many students develop problems with time management and the overstimulation of college life. It may be hard for them to prioritize and they may find themselves waiting to the last minute to complete their academic assignments. Setting realistic goals can be very helpful for students so that they are able to prioritize and accomplish their dreams, both inside and outside of the classroom. They may resort to unhealthy means to help combat the stress that they are now experiencing once students find themselves procrastinating in completing their college assignments. Unhealthy ways to deal with stress may include not balancing their social life with their academics and they may even begin resorting to alcohol or substance abuse to help them cope with the pain. The good news is that there are many ways for students with ADHD to make a healthier and smoother transition to college. Establishing rituals and a good time management and organization system prior to going to college is a major step in the right direction. It’s important to get someone to help immediately in order to keep you from getting behind in case these skills are not in place. it’s important to get someone to help immediately in order to keep you from getting behind. Checking with the office for students with disabilities on campus can offer valuable strategies and tips for functioning in a more healthy way. Medication management is another crucial element for students to achieve success in the classroom. parents may have managed the medication regime in the past but it is now up to the student to make sure that he or she takes their medication and that they get their medication filled on time.