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Marie Dwyer

Marie Dwyer

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Major: English

Year in school: Junior

Disability:  ADHD

What are your future endeavors?

My goal for the future is to attend law school. I want to work as a private attorney for a publishing company. After a few years, I intend to return to school and earn a PhD in English literature. This will enable me to teach in a university and spend time writing novels.

What are your hobbies? 

I am known as an avid reader and writer. I intern at The Missouri Review and help with MU’s undergraduate literary magazine, EPIC. When I am not writing, one can find me dancing wherever music is playing (or even when it's not).

What has been your greatest challenge while at MU? 

My greatest challenge at MU is staying organized and on top of my life. MU has so much to offer that I want to be a part of everything. However, as someone with ADHD, I can forget appointments and homework assignments easily. Therefore I make sure I have an extra 30 minutes each day to organize my events and assignments so nothing is ever forgotten.

What would you like people to know about your disability? 

Today there are still people out there who do not believe ADHD is a real disability. However, ADHD often limits people in both social and academic situations. People should not assume that ADHD has no effect on someone’s life. If someone is receiving extra time on a test or zones out during a conversation, give them a moment to explain themselves. All we need is a little understanding and patience.

What would you tell a student who has a disability like yours? 

I would tell that student not to be afraid of asking for help. Our thoughts go a mile per minute, and there is no way to control it. There are people everywhere willing to help you stay organized and accommodate any specific needs you require; all you have to do is ask. Also, never be afraid to stand up for yourself when others try to tell you your disability does not exist. Just because it is invisible does not mean it is not there.

What advice would you give to a new student at MU? 

You have every opportunity afforded to you here on campus. There is no reason for anyone to not succeed at MU. There is something here for everyone, so go out and find it. MU provides a way for new students to take their first step toward a successful future, but you, as a student, also need to fuel your success by using MU’s resources.

In what way did the Office of Disability Services make a difference in your education? 

I never would have gotten this far without the help of the Office of Disability Services. They provided me with support in class, cheered me on during exams and gave me the leadership opportunities I have always wanted. The people of the Office of Disability Services have dedicated so much time to assisting me here at MU, and I am a better person because of it.