This guest post is by Kameron Conner, a young man on the autism spectrum who was accepted to Texas A&M San Antonio and Texas State University. Kameron is applying for the Spring 2021 Making a Difference Autism Scholarship via the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference started by me, Kerry Magro. I was nonverbal till 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4 and you can read more about my organization here.
I hope you can support my nonprofit like I’m trying to support these students with scholarship aid for college. Learn more on how you can help our cause with a small donation (just asking for $3 today, equal to your daily cup of coffee) here.
My name is Kameron Conner, when I was in the fifth grade I was diagnosed with autism. Earlier on, I was labeled with a learning disability when I was in the first grade. I had to persevere and stay the course despite my challenges. The challenging experiences that I have been going through in school are being singled out for persecution, people saying that I would not be anything, being called all kinds of names that were highly untrue of me, criticized, and harassed. When I was 11 years old, my parents kept me back a year in the 5th grade because I was not emotionally and academically developed to be promoted to the 6th grade. When I was in junior high, I went through a lot of struggles. The first year of junior high was very difficult. I dealt with a lot of negativity towards me, but I did not let that define me from getting better each day and doing what I needed to do. I knew I was there for a purpose. I worked hard and became the most improved student being promoted from my 8th-grade class.
I moved on to high school where I faced even more challenges trying to fit in socially. It was extremely hard to make and keep friends due to communication differences. By seeking help, staying motivated, and being persistent, I was nominated for a student-teacher choice award during my junior year of high school. I also received numerous academic awards throughout my high school years.
I am now currently in college and I have experienced a lot of things that were different from high school, I must admit that the road is not easy, but I am working hard, staying the course, and striving to be better each day. It was once said that it’s possible I won’t be able to make it on my own. I am driving, able to hold down a part-time job, handle personal banking and shopping tasks, and achieving what I have deemed to be better than the mere standards expected of me.
My major is clinical exercise science. I am studying to become a physical therapist. The reason why I am trying to become a physical therapist is that I would like to make a difference in people’s lives. My motive in this field is to help people gain strength and mobility. I would like for them to be able to live an independent, healthy, and normal life. I feel that physical therapy is something that I would love to do. I have been doing observation hours. My goal is to be an achiever despite what others say and think of me. Yet my main goal is to become an inspiration and a testimony for other people that may struggle with the same challenges as I do. I would like to show them that no matter what your struggle is, with hard work and perseverance you can do anything you put your mind to.
My name is Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum that started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help support me so I can continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here.