Makkiah Elmore (17)
"There have been many obstacles I've had to overcome, but if I were to pick one, it would be that I have Asperger Syndrome (AD). Initially learning this was hard and I did know what to think of it. However, by 6th grade, I came to understand that the diagnosis wasn't for me, but was instead to help other people understand me. That turned out to be the real challenge. For years I hated saying I have AD because people would either pity me, think less of me, or think that I needed some great handicap, and I despised that. I've met other's with AD, but my sophomore year I met the person who would really help me accept it. They also had AD but were almost my opposite. I'm great at math and science, but struggle with history and English classes. They're a little slow with understanding math and science, but are so amazing at language and literature, they're currently working on a book series. I'm still not sure why, but meeting and learning this about them made me stop trying to ignore it in myself, and instead fully accept it as a part of me."