Living with ADHD: Implications in Academics, Athletics, and Relationships & How Kalamazoo College Helped Me Change
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The foundation for this thesis was derived from a thorough retrospective analysis, from my point of view, of how principal facets of my life - academia, sports and close relationships - are shaped in the context in my struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This neurodevelopmental disorder differs across individuals in a variety of ways. However, a first-hand account goes beyond a list of symptoms. Personal vulnerability and tangible experience add depth and multidimensionality in the understanding of a common learning disability that is often difficult to identify in individuals across day-to-day interactions, and is typically poorly understood. I would like to thank my parents, Patricia and Robert Hahn, for supplementing and clarifying much of the information presented herein, but more importantly, for giving me a life wrought with unconditional love, limitless generosity, and incomprehensible patience and understanding; a life I can only hope to one day bestow upon children of my own. I would also like to thank my tennis coaches, Mark Riley and Luke Bagos, for their positive role in shaping the person I am today. Finally, I would like to thank Kalamazoo College and its faculty in arming me with life-changing knowledge and wisdom.