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An ADD student wants to apply for a grad school program

Hello there!
I am currently a student in a university, which is not in US, BTW. Technically, i am a terrible student, partially due to the ADD, I did not have good grades during my last four years in the school.
It was my goal to go the grad school. However, I kinda gave that up since I did not do good in school before, until recently. I found that I have ADD, and since I knew it, I am paying extra attention to my behaviors, plus the meds I am taking, things are getting better. I gained my confidence back, and I am trying to pick up my dream to grad school.
Though I realize that my GPA is too low for most of the grad school(around 2.0 out of 5.0), I do not want to give up. I have lost too much already due to this ADD. And now I want to take my life back.
I want to apply for the grad school of Pace, which require a minimum 3.0 of GPA. Anybody ever heard of Pace? Can someone tell me, what chance, if any, I can get into that school? It is possible that the school will consider about my situation?
Thank you!


Hi, Icarus!

My best advice is to talk to people, anyone and everyone, at your university about what you can do to pursue your dream.

It’s probably not going to be easy, but I’m sure you’re not the first person to suffer some sort of setback of ANY kind at your school. It may even require retaking some courses in order to get your GPA to an acceptable threshold.

If this were me, I would be up front about my diagnosis without using it as an excuse, at least not with the goal of garnering sympathy for some sort of special consideration.

That’s not to say you might not get SOME help, which I feel would be indeed warranted. People are often more sympathetic than we give them credit for.

Don’t be discouraged if you run into ADHD deniers or naysayers. Keep looking and talking. If you run out of people to talk to at your university, find another one. (Not sure if that’s possible in your country - lots of variables in your case. If you can’t do it there, maybe you could try and come here or somewhere else?)

You can do this.

Posted by Bumr50 on Feb 08, 2014 at 4:45pm

I would also talk to the people in the office of disabilities.  I would do some research at PACE and find out which professors in the discipline you want to go into might be sympathetic to your cause, then talk to them.  Explain why you want to go to grad school, why it’s going to be difficult for you.  See if you can get some help getting admitted, and some support afterwards. Then know you will have the same difficulties in grad school as in university.  Make a plan how you will keep organized, how you will use time and how you will pay for school.

Posted by whizinc on Feb 09, 2014 at 4:25am

Thank you all for your support!
I will think about it and try to make a plan to work things out.

Posted by Icarus on Feb 09, 2014 at 8:52am

I too would like to go back to school for a PhD however the application process requires multiple letters of recommendation from those who have observed your potential in academic and research settings. Though I did well academically in my masters program, my job performance was rough at times due to struggling with details and making mistakes. As a result I’m afraid to ask the PhD’s I’ve worked with for recommendations for fear that they do not think I’m fit for research (since they saw my performance pre ADHD diagnosis and treatment). I worry that if I explain the late ADHD diagnosis they will see it as an excuse. If you figure out a good way to explain ADHD without it sounding like you’re making excuses please let me know! I could use the help and encouragement to even try!

Posted by Mitchp123 on Feb 11, 2014 at 7:30am

I know Pace… a good school with campuses in lower Manhattan and in Westchester.

It is NOT cheap.  On the plus side, you do not need to be Albert Einstein to get in, either.  Check one of the many reviews on the school.  You’ll then know GRE scores, avg GPA.. and attrition rates.  The last thing you want is a grad school that prides itself on eliminating half of it’s first year students. 

A girl I dated - once upon a time - and one of my best college buds went to grad school there.  One for biz and the other for nursing.  Both thought very highly of their respective programs.  Both were pretty exceptional people as well.

An earlier poster mentioned getting in touch with the office of special needs students (or some such thing)  SEE THEM.  That is an avenue in and a way to garner support once you start.

Good luck.. AND BE PROUD… you got your undergrad degree…  THAT IS HUGE….

Posted by LakeLife on Feb 24, 2014 at 4:17pm

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