My name is Hannah, otherwise known as Keep_my_spleen! I wanted to introduce myself. I’m from Missouri. I’m 19 and a college freshman, earning my BA in Music and Psychology with an emphasis in music therapy. My career goal is to work with kids who have learning disabilities, ASD, ADHD, etc (I think I want to work in a school).
I got diagnosed with ADHD on October 24, 2019, after what feels like a very long time. My parents put me in private school for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade, but they saw that I wasn’t making good progress and my teachers didn’t seem interested in helping me. They took me out and I was homeschooled from the age of 7 through 16, when I passed the HiSET exam (Missouri’s GED).
When I entered community college at 18, I was pretty successful . . . taking four-six hours a semester. I even became a member of Phi Theta Kappa! (That’s an international honor society). However, when I knew I wanted to earn my bachelor’s degree, I went back to school full-time . . . and fell flat on my face, so to speak. Last year I was admitted to the state’s top music school and I came to this university as a full-time student. I was afraid of failing miserably, so I sought out my school’s counseling services. After ten hours and two months of heavy testing, record-taking, and research, I recieved my diagnosis of ADHD and a Specific Learning Disorder pertaining to Reading Comprehension.
Needless to say, this diagnosis has changed my life and there’s more that led up to it than just being at school, but I have a tendancy to overshare. I will leave with this: I join my older cousin and older sister with an ADHD diagnosis, and my family has been hugely supportive since we’ve learned the causes of my “quirkiness”. I no longer feel ashamed because of my “irresponsibility” and I’m so pumped to be a music therapist for kids like myself someday soon!