I’m a 28-year-old former soldier and Law/Commerce graduate, currently working in corporate governance. I aspire to become a professional company secretary in order to give back to my community in any way that I can. I am inspired by socially good organisations because I am fascinated by the evolution of ideas into striking and compelling outcomes. When I am passionate about something, I stubbornly absorb myself in learning more about the topic or issue, and I don’t allow failures to get in my way.
I am a fiercely driven individual. I also have Autism. These identities are in no way independent of each other, and rather, I see my Autism as a huge strength. My imagination, creativity and interest in new things has often allowed me to operate in a different space to many of my peers. I have a constantly active and inquisitive mind that is open to, and often yearns, for learning. My Autism is an asset, not a hindrance to me reaching my full potential.
Unfortunately, society hasn’t always viewed me in this way. My schooling experience was challenging because the school environment wasn’t supportive or inclusive of people on the Autism Spectrum. I was often viewed as unusual, with peculiar interests and ways of communicating. Instead of these differences being celebrated, I was often advised to align my behaviour and interests with those of my peers in order to achieve. This denied me the right to access and develop my own unique skillset. This also denied my community of the opportunities that could come about as a result of my ability to see the world differently.