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ru2009
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addendum?

Postby ru2009 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:18 pm

I was diagnosed as ADD my sophomore year of college...my GPA also improved drastically (like .5 or something) should I wrote an addendum on how taking medicine and changing my study habits helped???

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Re: addendum?

Postby itsfine » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:18 pm

yeah if i were you i would wrote one. seems like a good reason

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You Gotta Have Faith
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Re: addendum?

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:19 pm

ru2009 wrote:I was diagnosed as ADD my sophomore year of college...my GPA also improved drastically (like .5 or something) should I wrote an addendum on how taking medicine and changing my study habits helped???


Yeah, that is a legit reason. But keep it brief (not more than a half-page or so). And make sure it doesn't sound like an excuse or anything. I think there should be a section somewhere around here on how to write a strong addendum.

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Re: addendum?

Postby vespertiliovir » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:23 pm

ADD is kind of a tricky thing. If you have a legitimate medical diagnosis as well as concrete evidence of your improvement (which you seem to), I would say go for it. But be careful of explaining your increased GPA with improved study habits -- that seems more like an adjustment that everyone has to make. Were you prescribed medication? If so, I'd highlight that.

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Re: addendum?

Postby You Gotta Have Faith » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:26 pm

vespertiliovir wrote:ADD is kind of a tricky thing. If you have a legitimate medical diagnosis as well as concrete evidence of your improvement (which you seem to), I would say go for it. But be careful of explaining your increased GPA with improved study habits -- that seems more like an adjustment that everyone has to make. Were you prescribed medication? If so, I'd highlight that.


Actually... +++1

Wasn't even paying attention to that. Make it exclusively about the medical aspect.

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Re: addendum?

Postby ru2009 » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:34 pm

wow, thanks for the help, guys...to be perfectly honest, the medication helped 90%, but I guess I am sensitive to the issue since Adderall is such an abused drug in college. I think it is evident I needed it, as reflected by my grades (in addition to improving my grades, I also totaled two cars before being medicated, both accidents due to distracted driving, which is further evidence to me my need for meds is legit) but I also do not want my addendum to boil down to "I got Adderall, I got smart" so I'm trying to play into both being medicated and "coping/working" with my disorder. I think part of going on Adderall taught me HOW to study, whereas before I just assumed I either got the material I learned in class or would never get it. That's a hard thing to describe in such a short frame, though, so maybe I will just go the medication route, even though I think it's a bit of a cop-out.




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