The Autistic R.G. Drage FFA President

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This is my story of how I have not let my autism over come my life!

Submitted: August 30, 2016

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First I would like to start off by giving you a quote, you may not understand right away what this quote has anything to do with what I’m going to be talking about and why I am using it at an FFA banquet but you’ll understand why I gave you this quote in a little bit. Coach Elaine Hall once said, “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.”

So what does this have to do with FFA, well nothing really, it mainly has to do with me. I am an Autistic FFA Chapter President. People have doubted me my whole life on where I was going to go, and what I was going to be. But being the hard-headed person I am I haven’t let autism stop me from going where I want to go. I agree with Scott Lentine as he said “Wanting to be free. Wanting to be me. Trying to make people see. And accept the real me.” All my life I have had troubles doing different things like making friends, being a leader, talking to new people, and talking in front of crowds, but somehow they managed to get me up here.

Life is all about struggles, first you struggle to get out of the womb, then you struggle to crawl and walk, then talk,  look where we are now, all of us students struggling to make life decisions and where to go to college or what to do with our futures. Being autistic, getting to where I want to go in the future is going to be more difficult than it will be for others, but like i said before I’m not going to let that stop me because in my head my future looks bright.

What I see for me in my future is for me to run and own my own therapeutic farm for people with disabilities because being autistic makes me want to help other people with disabilities so they do not have to go through all the struggles I have had to go through growing up. Here is a poem i found that i thought i should share with you guys on what it is like to be autistic.

It's not having a social ability,
not being able to have a normal conversation.
It's your parents, afraid of telling you this
because they don't know what to do.
It's getting a simple hit in the brain
causing you to lose your ability to speak well.

You get an easy question incorrect at school,
then having your classmates see a whiny baby cry into the hall.
It's too much information in your brain;
A computer about to crash by an overflow of memory.
It's you needing therapy
so you can function your brain and body better.

You create magnificent pictures and ideas
using that large imagination of yours.
It's paying attention and following the rules at school
so you can get good grades at school and in life.
You want to succeed
so you work hard and try your best.

You mother is running for you
so you cheer her on so she can do well.
It's you wanting to tell the world about you
telling them what you are now than what you were before.
When I was young, I was afraid of the world.
When I was sprinting towards the finish of that long race,
I felt as if the world was cheering for me.

 

Like I said before since I am autistic people have doubted me. Well for those of you who don’t know I am a diver. Being autistic had not stopped me of reaching my dreams for my high school career of diving. As a freshman my goal for diving was to make it to sectionals which means I had to accumulate an 11 dive list, a list of 11 different dives I had to perform at the sectional meet, and I did. My sophomore year my goal was to make it to districts, which means I had to place in the top 21 divers. I did. My junior year was my biggest goal yet, to make it to the Division I State Diving meet, and guess what I did it. I finally made it to the state meet. Then my senior year my goal was to just get back on those state boards at the State meet and I did it again.

My junior year I came to RG Drage for the animal science program. That is when I found out about FFA. I liked the idea of FFA after learning about it for a little bit. That’s when Mrs. Bowen asked if anyone wanted to apply to be an officer. I saw this as an opportunity, so I took it. I applied to be the Student Advisor. I filled out an application, had an interview and finally I ended up being RG Drage’s 2014-2015 Student Advisor. Then this year Mrs. Bevington asked if any of us wanted to be officers, I immediately raised my hand seeking another opportunity. So again I went through the process and now I am RG Drage’s 2015-2016 Chapter President.

So what I am trying to get at here is that no matter how big or small your dreams are do NOT let anything get in the way of you reaching them. You too can reach your goals just like I have. Like Rachel Barcellona said, “Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory.” Don’t let the things that get in your way of achieving something define you. Which for me in this case would be autism, but just as Magro said, “Autism doesn’t define me. I define autism.”


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