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Old 06-20-17, 12:53 PM
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Re: How did you deal with college?

Studying law was much easier that practicing law.
My period of study was rather unproblematic because I did not need to work constantly.I had to do a only a few big academic papers and a few written exams. It was sufficient to work in hyperfocus in some periods.
This way I was not able to produce good results, but I managed to pass the first and second german state law exams this way.

Procrastination was a problem, but clear deadlines forced me to do what I had to. I did not get confused, because of the small number of requirements.

In addition I learnd a lot "surfing the library" like surfing the internet today. This matched perfectly to my jumpy way of thinking.

In my case a more 'school-like' character would have led to failure.
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Re: How did you deal with college?

I had big problems with time management, and usually studied or worked on whatever test or assignment was due next. I also burnt myself out studying too much, at least twice more than other students who didn't have ADD. So I studied less in order to not burn out, but my grades fell. Having lower grades and not burning out is a more appealing option than burning out and dropping out of university altogether.

Make eating well, sleeping well, sunshine and exercise a high priority. This will give you the strength and energy you need to be a student.
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Re: How did you deal with college?

I got through my undergraduate years in awful, damaging ways that I'm still learning to fix.

First of all, I pushed myself to the brink of total burnout way too many times. When I started my studies, I never gave myself any breaks and would eventually cave in and vegetate for a while to recover.

I pulled all nighters and had way too much caffiene because I was so certain that this time it would be all finished (it wasn't).

I didn't socialise with many of my peers and often isolated myself because I needed the quiet to calm down. I didn't consider that peers are supposed to support each other and that I could lean on them if I was having trouble. I did eventually make friends but my pride made it hard for me to be honest about struggling.

I had an atrocious diet, either binging or forgetting meals. I also isolated myself from loved ones. Bad idea.

I had to resit a year because my mental health was getting much worse due to all these terrible decisions.

When I had to move away to finish my course, I wasn't that much wiser. Still pulling all nighters, still treating my body like ****, still isolating myself. But I gradually started to be more responsible with my health and lifestyle. For instance, I decided that in order to improve my sleep hygiene I only did my coursework in the studio or the library. This was a great idea because I got more work done and I could leave uni at uni. It's a bit difficult to do that now because my studio is my bedroom. If I can get a power supply in a cupboard I could convert that into a little studio (or a tiny bedroom, I guess).

Also, I highly recommend cloud storage for all your coursework (especially group projects). Save everything from your harddrives onto other external memory and for Thor's sake ORGANISE YOUR FOLDERS. I didn't learn that lesson until it was too late and now my harddrives are Mad Max.

I used to go on walks a lot, too. It helped a lot. I sometimes walked around campus if I couldn't sleep. Not advisable if you don't live in a safe area but, y'know, you can die anytime anywhere so why not? Or you can do something else that doesn't involve leaving the house. If I couldn't sleep, I would sometimes thoroughly tidy the kitchen (quietly, of course) or organise my clothes for the next day.

Oh yeah - organise your stuff for the next day! I'm not great at doing this but it's important! I can't tell you how many times I had to walk all the way back to my flat to pick up something I forgot. A checklist can help.

Work in short bursts. I sometimes use the pomodoro technique. If music helps you reach a flow state then use it but if it's too distracting then just monotask.

Don't hesitate to ask for support from disability services. Don't let pride **** you over. Take whatever support you can get because I guarantee that you ain't the only one and even the neurotypicals need loads of help and asspats.

And never ever join a fraternity or some stupid thing like that because it's dumb and really cringey. Seriously, I didn't know that was even a thing in my country and it was really awkward and embarrassing.

That's all I can think of right now.
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