By Trevor Pacelli
As of yesterday, I moved into my new apartment at Arizona State University, which will be my first time living with other roommates I did not know before. So far I am very anxious to see how it’s all going to benefit my social communication skills. The good thing is that I already have experience living by myself in a dorm, so I am already comfortable being away from my parents.
Now as most of you probably know, I spent the summer in North Carolina working as a photographer for a summer camp. That itself was a challenging experience for me, because there were so many things that came my way without any expectations. Some obstacles such as interacting with the other staff, overcoming culture shock, and taking pictures in the pouring rain evoked growth within me that I was not prepared for. There is so much more I could dive into about these ten weeks that I spent on the East coast, but that would require multiple blog posts. I’ll just leave it by saying that the most important thing I learned was what type of community I’m most suitable for: the city instead of a small town, the heat instead of the humidity, and the West coast instead of the East coast. I also acquired many skills in photography including how to critique the messages that certain photos communicate, and how to organize and narrow down the best pictures among the 500+ I had taken each day. It was a great experience for me, but I would not want to do camp photography for a living.
Now after that tremendous step that I’ve taken, I’m now about to step onto another one, living with other roommates. I have never lived with anyone else before other than my parents and sister, so learning to get along with new people will deliver its own set of obstacles for me to overcome. And on top of that, I also have five classes to go through, and I will begin my search for a career after I graduate. College has been hard for me, and I have felt really stressed out a lot of the time, but I always pulled through in the past, and I will continue to this year. I will definitely be keeping you posted more about my progress this coming year. Stay tuned!
Inspiration for Life with Autism
This blog has a variety of articles about people living life with autism, and topics and ideas that can help in the journey. Guest bloggers are welcome. Inspired by Trevor, a young adult film critic, photographer and college graduate on the autism spectrum.