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February 07, 2005


Andrew Sylvia

I should note that I only technically have a job right now. The radio station I worked at in Nashua, NH went out of business at the end of January, and they will probably run out of hours for me at the radio station I currently work for, WNTK 99.7 FM in New London(and the other signals that simulcast it), come the end of UNH Wildcats Basketball/Hockey season.

And finding a job compatible with my current passion(politics) and my skill set from college (journalism/geography/some political volunteering this cycle/other minor miscellaneous things) is incredibly hard in New Hampshire.

If I can't find a full time job with benefits by around the end of March, I will have to end or at least postpone my dream of starting down the path to becoming the first Asperger's President of the U.S (No, Bush doesn't have AS. If that were true, it would be a black mark on people with disabilities everywhere.)

Rachel Ferrante

Listening to Andy and his experience with going through school with Asperger's, I feel that anyone and everyone, no matter who you are can be successful in the real world once you're out of college. Yes no one knows what it is really like until you are out there, but if you want something bad enough, you'll get it even if it takes time. Andy is a perfect example of this, and luckily he has already found a job. I know plenty of college graduates who have been out of college for two years now, and are still having a difficult time finding a job they can hold. This just shows you that even though Andy struggled at times, he has friends, family and past programs to this day he can go back to whenever he needs help with anything

Melissa Mengual

I feel that Andy is right about the after college experience. No one knows wat it is going to be like going into the real world. Dealing with Aspergers and actaully holding a qualified job and gruaduating from college shows hope for other people. I believe this shows that the mentoring program is very beneficial for people with Aspergers.

Breanne Lucey

I feel that no matter who you are, everyone is always scared of what their new life after college will be like. I think Andy is doing very well, and its great to hear that he has a job already. I know a couple of people who have already graduated who still dont have a steady job or know what they are doing with their life. I feel that Andy is no different than anyone else in life, he has chosen a temporary path, and will continue to learn and grow along it. I also think it would be a GREAT idea for someone like himself to help out other autistic children because he knows exactly what its like and could provide great insight.

Shannon Cowles

I think that hearing the comments from someone who has graduated from college with Asperger's was very interesting. It really compared the structured life that he had here and the life that he is leading now. I think that listening to him talk about the differences really does show that the mentoring program does work for these children and that even though life may be harder after they know they can take the structure that they learned through the program and apply it to their life now. I also think it is great that they can still keep in contact and ask questions when they need a little help or guidance.

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