As I sit here, a camp counselor for the Point Park University Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP, in short), I think back to where I was 4-5 years ago when I was in the shoes of these intelligent and driven 11th and 12th graders. I recall how I earned my Eagle Scout rank 6 years ago today and how uplifting that feeling of accomplishment was. I remember 12-year-old me standing in front of a group of people the same age as the campers I’m working with, terrified but exhilarated to do my first speech on autism. In the grand scheme of life, I may just be starting out but the journey to get here was well worth the ride. I’ve given the ACAP students a piece of advice this week that many of my peers and mentors have given me along the way: Get out of your comfort zone, you never know what good it will do. For the past decade, I’ve lived up to that challenge every chance I get, and it has shaped me into who I am becoming. I challenge all of my followers and fellow innovators to do the same.
Founder, Talking 4 Autism