I read your weekly column and your email blasts and it always leaves me feeling so fortunate to have connected with both of you..
Briana is doing very well at AU – great transition – lots of nice friends (she brought 5 of them home for a brief weekend). She is adjusting to college work load and managing with the ADD and the balancing of medication. She loves DC and is very pleased with AU
I wanted to pass along her midterm grade in her most difficult class — Comparative Politics ( a 200 level class that she has been challenged with) was a 96…….loosing 4 points for being a bit too long..
OMG is she excited and happy. She told me ” she feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off her shoulders”. She was anxious and worried about doing well.
I am proud but also surprised to see that type of grade awarded to a freshman in a first semester of a selective university and especially in a class with a higher mix of sophomores/juniors. I think in some ways – Briana is still scratching the surface of her potential. This is amazing to think about and clearly highlights the adverse impact that ADD has on not just academic success but student and parental confidence!
I do know for certain that we would not be having this discussion if it wasn’t for Strong Learning services, the personalized and so very thorough testing you patiently provided, and more importantly the fact that you really cared about helping us…
I think the grade of 96 speaks volumes to how important it is to truly understand the impact of issues like ADD. I wonder how many children in under served communities and schools have ADD that go undetected and hinder the ability of those children.