College: The First Weeks

I am currently sitting in a room that is almost completely glass windows, looking out on what is often called the “most beautiful campus in Wisconsin” and wondering how my life got to where it is now. I used to think I’d be dead before high school was over and now I’m sitting on a …

Organization is a Learned Skill

Some people are naturally inclined to be organized, whereas some of us are less so. I learned this past summer that organization is not one of my strong suits. It seems unusual as I have a lot of obsessive-compulsive behaviors, which typically makes people think I have really great organizational abilities. In truth, I can …

Escapism and Gaming

Wanting to escape is a pretty normal feeling in my personal opinion, or at least, I hope it is. I know that for me at least, the need to escape is a pretty common feeling. Sometimes the world can be stressful and everyone needs a way to relax and escape from their everyday life. Escapism …

Fictional Families

I love the X-Men. They are what I like to call my “fictional family”. Alright I know, what the hell does this have to do with being gifted? But this time I promise, this one actually will relate to being gifted. So anyway, I love the X-Men. So much in fact I’m currently planning on two …

Teachers Who Changed My Life – Part Two

Finally getting around to continuing my list of the eight most impactful teachers in my life and what made them so amazing. Please check out part one of this list as well!   To start this list I want to talk about my French teacher in freshman and sophomore year, as well as my French …

Growing Up with an Autistic Parent

My dad has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. It is actually no longer a separate diagnosis as the DSM-5 combined it with other types of autism into one diagnosis of “Autism Spectrum Disorder”.  We didn’t find out that he had it until he was in his 40’s. I can’t even imagine how strange that …

School Pride Can be Risky

I’ve always had a lot of pride for my charter school. I was never ashamed to say that yes, that was my school, and yes, I used to be a gifted kid. It was hard sometimes, people didn’t like it when I was proud of who I had been, and how I’d grown. I’m sure …

Learning to Study, It’s a Process

It took me a really long time to learn how to study. For most of my life I didn’t really think I needed to study, because hey, I was gifted. I had been able to coast through school and never really put any work into my education, even when I was in gifted education. I …