Fast forward two years to 2008. This was the year that I transferred from a community college to a much larger university. My first semester, I was involved in a peer transition program designed for college students with autism. I worked with a mentor during that semester to adjust to university life. I was a commuter student, meaning I drove myself to class from my parents' home. This peer transition program helped me in some small ways. It gave me a familiar face on campus when I really didn't know anyone. However, I ended up leaving this program in January 2009. I was a transfer student who had already attended college for two years and just needed a little help getting adjusted to the university.
Fast forward again to January 2011. This was when I was hired by The Oakland Press as an intern reporter. I wrote about twenty news stories that were published in the paper. It was suggested again during this time that I share my insights into autism. When I ended the internship in April 2011, I received an offer to continue writing for the paper as a community blogger. I thought about what I could write, realizing this was my big chance to let the world know about autism awareness as I see it. So, I ended up starting The Voice from the Spectrum in May 2011.
In November 2011, I was first introduced to Blog Talk Radio when I was interviewed about my autism story. By that time, I was building quite a reputation on Facebook and The Voice from the Spectrum was becoming quite a success. I was nervous on my show and very self critical, but everyone who listened said that I did very well. Throughout the next few months, I started to become acquainted with the United Kingdom charity, Positively Autistic. In February 2012, I first started hosting Junior Positively Autistic: Ryan's Spectrum Talk. This was a big step for me, since I considered public speaking to be my greatest weakness. Not only have I excelled with that show, but it has improved my public speaking skills in other areas of my life.
In April of 2012, I started co-hosting the Poet's Interest: with Marilyn and Ryan. At present, I am 3 months away from graduating from college. It took me six and a half years, but I never failed a class. Always went full time except my last few semesters. As long as I get the degree, what does it matter if I took 6.5 years to get it? Not only do I have a degree but I also have a budding writing career and a handful of paid publications under my belt. The future awaits.