A Scientifically Accurate Dissection Of The Mid-Semester College Student

A Scientifically Accurate Dissection Of The Mid-Semester College Student

From head to toe, we're all looking not so good.
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At the beginning of the first semester, college students everywhere were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for what they thought would be, a great semester. I mean, why wouldn’t it be? You got all the classes you wanted, you and your friends are already establishing where to go for lunch breaks, you had a new gym plan and started to eat super healthy and who could forget the social aspects of college? This was going to be YOUR year.

Fast forward to November, and those same college students are eating their words.

Look at all of us. We’re like walking zombies! Students at this point in the semester can only communicate in grunts, groans, and the occasional blubber through yet, another meltdown at the library. The classes that you were so excited to take are kicking you in the rear. Eating? Not for you with all the work you have. Eating healthy? HA. You’re practically living off of vending machine cuisine at this point and don’t even start with the gym. If you don’t have time to sleep why in the world would you have time to go run on a treadmill for an hour?

Let’s dig deeper and analyze:

The mid-semester college student’s bloodstream is 90% coffee and 10% actual blood. There are dark, hollow circles under the eyes of the mid-semester college student, indicating the lack of sleep due to burning the midnight oil because of Intro to Hell 101 taught by Professor Lectures-a-lot. And no, those bags are not designer.

Let’s move onto facial expressions. To simply sum it up, the facials of a mid-semester college student would make outsiders think that their childhood pet just died, they lost the lottery and they constantly smell a dead skunk. Either that or dead-pan. Those are the two faces of a mid-semester college student.

Attire. The attire of the beginning of the semester college student is carefully planned out to match the shoes and accessories. We all looked on fleek. We #DressedToImpress. Now, we dress for comfort, sometimes wearing the same shirt for three days straight. Mid-semester college students love to wear hats to cover up the fact that they haven’t showered that week and since the weather is getting colder, not only do we all look like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man because we’re layering up but we’ve all decided to stop shaving!

Now that we've dissected the mid-semester college student, keep in mind that they're emotional beings around this time. Anything can trigger them...puppies, tests, lack of sleep, ANYTHING. With that in mind, be wary of what you say to them as if they start crying for any reason, it's on you.

Luckiy, Thanksgiving is here! Hang in there, friends!

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As I'm writing this, I can feel my concentration slipping. Noises have become enticing, I feel distanced from my phone, and every time someone walks by me in the library, I turn around seeing if it's someone I know. My extended-release Adderall is starting to wear off and my brain is starting to relax back to its natural state. My ADD is climbing out from underneath the blanket of focus I had for 10 hours today.

ADD is not all that it's cracked up to be. Sure, we get prescribed the precious Adderall so many people want, but at what cost? Let me put this in context for you. You know when you're at the library and there's a one really, really loud girl talking on the phone? You know the one. The girl that, for some reason, thinks it's OK to have a full-fledged conversation with her mom about her boyfriend in the middle of the quiet section. The girl that's talking so loud that it's all you can think about, occupying all of your focus. Well, that's what every single person in the room is like when you have ADD.

Distractions that are easy to ignore to someone without ADD are intensified and, instead of focusing on the task at hand, I'm listening to the girl three seats down from me eat her barbecue kettle chips. When you have ADD, it's not just schoolwork you can't focus on. You can't focus on anything. I tried to watch a foreign film one time without my medicine, and I forgot to pay attention to the subtitles. I realized about halfway through the movie that I had no idea what was going on.

What almost everyone that asks me for my Adderall doesn't understand is that I take Adderall to focus how you would normally. When you take my Adderall you feel like you can solve the world's problems. You can bang out an entire project in one night. You can cram for an entire exam fueled by this surge of motivation that seems super-hero-like.

You take my Adderall and ask me, “Is this how you feel all the time?" And, unfortunately, my answer is no. I'll never feel like a limitless mastermind. When I take Adderall, I become a normal human being. I can finish a normal amount of work, in a normal amount of time.

My brain works in two modes: on Adderall, and off Adderall. On Adderall, I'm attentive, motivated and energetic. Off Adderall, I can barely get up the motivation and focus to clean my room or send an email. And it's frustrating. I'm frustrated with my lack of drive. I'm frustrated that this is how my brain operates. Scattered, spastic and very, very unorganized. There's nothing desirable about not being able to finish a sentence because you lost thought mid-way through.

The worst thing that you can say to anyone with ADD is, “I think I should start taking Adderall." Having ADD isn't a free pass to get super-pills, having ADD means you have a disability. I take Adderall because I have a disability, and it wasn't a choice I had a say in. I was tested for ADD my freshman year of college.

My parents were skeptical because they didn't know exactly what ADD was. To them, the kids with ADD were the bad kids in school that caused a scene and were constantly sent out of class. Not an above average student in her first year at a university. I went to a counselor and, after I was diagnosed with ADD, told me with a straight mouth, “Marissa this is something you're going to have to take for the rest of your life."

When the late-night assignments and cramming for the tests are over, and we're all out in the real world, I'm still going to be taking Adderall. When I'm raising a family and have to take the right kid to the right place for soccer practice, I'm still going be taking Adderall. And when I'm trying to remember the numbers they just said for bingo at my nursing home, I'm still going to be taking Adderall.

So you tell me you're jealous that I get prescribed Adderall? Don't be. I'm jealous that you can drink a cup a coffee and motivate yourself once you lose focus. I'm jealous that the success of your day doesn't depend on whether or not you took a pill that morning. The idea of waking up and performing a full day without my medicine is foreign to me.

My brain works in two modes, and I don't know which one is the right one. I don't know which mode is the one the big man upstairs wants me to operate in. So before you say you want to be prescribed to Adderall, ask yourself if you need and want to operate in two different modes.

Ask yourself if you want to rely on medicine to make your entire life work. If I had a choice, I would choose coffee like the rest of the world.

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