Student Triumphs with Autism

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A former Cerritos Community College student by the name of Jason Cueto¬† triumphs with autism. At the age of 6 Jason an aspiring film director was diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. Asperger’s disorder is a form of Autism where the person is probably just as smart and determined as anyone else but they just have a little bit more trouble reaching success. Sounds like anyone i know to be honest.

On the WebMd website they stated a person with Asperger’s could be just as smart as anyone else but their social skills or communication skills may not be exactly up to par. Well that sounds like a lot of us at times to be honest.

WebMd also stated that they are very selective in what they are interested in. If they find something they like they give it all their focus and attention. Once again this also sounds like me.

But if you ever come face to face with someone with Autism the differences listed on WebMd will make much more sense.

Growing up was a little bit tougher for Jason Cueto. He was not the most popular kid, at times he was picked on, and when he spoke you could tell that he was different if you will. Which was not a bad thing.

Growing up he became thrilled with Dinosaurs at the age of six, Sharks at the age of eight, Reptiles and Dragon – Ball Z at the age of 10, Halo at 15, and film is his current love. Seems like a cool kid to me.

I believe at the age of 6 or 7 he learned how to ride a bike, he graduated high school, he also graduated from Cerritos College, and in a few months he will be a graduate at the University of Irvine as a Film major. So they told my little brothers mom Asperger was a set back and he would never would be able to succeed. But from the looks of it Jason Cueto has treated it as a stepping stone.

For many years of trying he was unable to get a job. I believe it was not until his sophomore year at Cerritos College he was hired at Big Lots. But during his freshman year student aid was a big help to say the least.

Student aid is still a great  help to the young and thriving individual. It has paid for a lot of his tuition at UCI being a student and someone who dorms there. Jason also works two jobs to get closer to his dream. Student aid is a great resource and he manages it to use it well as should we all. Well at least those who benefit and have the privilege of getting student aid due to being part of a low income family.

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Academic Probation

IMG_2441The consequences from Financial Aid for being an irresponsible student are fair. Even though for some of us we do not know how to be an adult let alone be a responsible student. I speak from experience. Right now I am cut off from the perks of Financial Aid. Or should I say the perk of some extra cash.

Thank God students that are on academic probation can still have their classes waived. All you need to do is fill out the Board of Governers Fee Waiver form in the administration office.

It is my fourth year here at Cerritos College and I have only finished up 25% of my Business Administration requirements. But i have valid reasons and not excuses on why the lag has been so great.

During my first years here at Cerritos College I battled with anxiety, depression, and Bipolar disorder. In a lot of ways you feel like the minority with these illnesses especially when you feel like you are the only one dealing with them.

Just like most students I have the potential to thrive and succeed. But just like most students it isn’t always a piece of cake when you are trying to reach success. We always tend to face what we think are unnecessary setbacks. For myself they were these mental disorders and the fact that my parents split after I graduated high school.

I ended up dropping out of Cerritos College because the warfare was too much. Around the same time I had accepted Christ in my heart because I knew my life was filled with sin.

It took a while to adapt to living for God and not caring what anyone thinks. Finally after recommitting myself to a life of sin i faced some scary situations. I had to recommit my life and come back to God. For the past two years I have devoted my life by sharing his gospel, speaking life, and giving clarity to others on who God is.

In the past two years he has set me free from being bound to drugs, sex, and lust for sin. My anxiety and mood swings have reduced. It has been a process. I am still flawed none the less. But I no longer depend on pills for my mental disorders. I try to fight for the blessings God has for me. I feel graduating from college is one of them.

I am still adapting to the routine of school because due to so much sin and weed smoke i completely checked out of reality and the responsibilities of life. But I am still a contender to get a 2.0 grade point average or higher to regain the privilege of receiving financial aid.