Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

"You are too smart to have ADD." "You don't look like you have ADD." "Aren't people with ADD stupid?" These are the various reactions that I receive from people when I tell them that I have ADD. ADD, short for Attention Deficit Disorder, is a neurological disorder that can result in various amounts of behavior problems such as focusing in school, completing schoolwork, keeping up with assignments, following instructions, and having difficulty interacting socially ("Attention Deficit Disorder Without Hyperactivity''). I was diagnosed with ADD at a very young age, when I was in elementary school. In elementary school, before I was diagnosed, I had a very troubling time of focusing, which resulted in my grades being very low. It was very frustrating and was a very difficult time in my life which resulted in me feeling really bad because my mom tried her best to teach me. I was even told that I might have to repeat the fourth grade. Once my mom heard this, she took me to the doctor and it turned out that I had ADD. We thought that there was no hope for me in the future because of this mental disorder. But, little did I know, this was just the beginning of a bright future of success ahead of me. Once I started my medication I noticed great progress within myself. Suddenly, I could focus and grasp information better. My grades started to shift immediately. I was so determined to prove to myself that I am capable of doing well in school despite a mental disorder. In middle school I received awards for the highest average in all of my classes, and I was the only one to receive a "Character Counts" plaque my eighth-grade year. My academic success continues to develop. I received a Top 20 plaque and various awards for my grades in high school. I am even taking early college classes at Fayetteville Technical Community College for my nursing program. Seeing myself accomplish such goals inspire me to pursue my graduate degree. no matter the obstacle I will overcome it.

Princess from North Carolina
E. E. Smith High School