A Quiet, Distraction-Free Room to Take Exams
In Pixar’s movie Up, there’s a talking dog named Dug. Simple things completely distract him. He’ll blurt out “squirrel!” when he sees one, and drop everything to watch it. Because of ADHD, I’m sometimes like Dug. When I take a test in a big lecture hall with a hundred people, every time someone gets up, coughs, or even just shifts, I have a classic Dug “squirrel!” moment. And once something grabs my attention, it’s very difficult for me to shift my focus back to my test. So the accommodation that helped me the most is taking my tests in a quiet, distraction-free room with only a few other students.
—Arthi Selvan, Temple University