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Cara DeLuca Opens Up About Her Struggle With ADHD & How She Was Able To Cope With It & Kick Ass At UCONN

Photo by Matthew Harrison

Photo by Matthew Harrison

From an outsider’s perspective, Cara DeLuca makes living the dream look easy. The 20-year-old junior at the University of Connecticut is majoring in Spanish and Communications in hopes of one day working for the Peace Corps. She’s also a sister in Alpha Chi Omega, was blessed with drop-dead good looks, and boasts thousands of followers on Instagram. Yet school didn’t always come easy for the Miss COED 2017 semifinalist.

Cara is open about the fact that she struggles with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurodevelopmental disorder usually diagnosed in childhood that often lasts into adulthood. For those who have it, focusing on a task can be difficult, and for Cara in particular, her grades sometimes suffered. However, things changed when she got to UCONN. She learned how to cope with it, and now her grades are “better than ever.” Cara’s story is a prime example of why you should never judge a book by its cover, and she’s an inspiration to others struggling with ADHD.

If you or someone you know was diagnosed with ADHD, click here to learn more about symptoms, research and treatment. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world for Spring Break, where would you go?

If I could travel anywhere for Spring break, I would go to Bali, Indonesia. I have seen pictures online and some of my friends have gone, and it looks so peaceful and beautiful. I would love to go relax on the beach and go on a yoga retreat.

Who do you look up to the most and why?

I look up to my mother the most for many reasons. She is the most caring person I know and would do anything for anyone. She is selfless, very kind and is always going out of her way to help other people. She is also incredibly smart and is a professor here at UCONN, so I get to see her every now and then, which is awesome. She is my best friend because I can tell her anything and I know she will not judge me. She has seen my at my worst and at my best and will always love me unconditionally. I am very grateful to have such a strong bond with my mother because I know many other people who do not have great relationships with their mother, and I feel bad because I could not live without mine. She is the woman and mother that I aspire to be one day. She is successful, beautiful, kind, and smart. She is the full package.

Name one thing on your bucket list.

To meet Beyonce.

Cliché, but where do you see yourself in five years? Ready, set, go!

In five years, I see myself traveling and working abroad in Europe or working in marketing for a hip company in New York City.

What’s your biggest accomplishment thus far? 

My greatest accomplishment thus far is succeeding in my academics despite my ADHD. Throughout my life, I have always struggled concentrating and staying organized because of my ADHD, and sometimes it has impacted my academics. However, over the past few years at UCONN I have learned how to cope with it and my grades are better than ever. I was able to overcome the obstacles that my ADHD gave me, and I see that as a huge accomplishment.
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