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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide

ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

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Final Reflections

By Marissa

When I first started at Lebanon Valley College back in 2011, I remember feeling anxious, scared and nervous. Here I was, fresh out of high school and I had all these expectations placed on me. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to cope. I started as an open major and just taking basic general education classes. I quickly realized something that was more technology orientated would be best.

At the time, I talked with my advisor and she suggested digital communications. It is a major that encompasses web, business and graphic design all in one. I decided to go for it, and I haven’t looked back since. I love being a digital communications major, and although it hasn’t been an easy road I have learned a lot not just academically but about myself. I learned I have more strength then I ever imagined overcoming any of life’s obstacles.

Over the years at college, I watched so many classmates of mine get accepted internships, and I longed for one of my own. Just the idea of someone taking an interest in me enough to give me a position within their company seemed like a dream come true. One day I saw an advertisement on MyLVC homepage for handshake. It is a software that allows students to look for jobs and see what they could potentially qualify for. I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did!

I found and got accepted into an internship at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, working with ASERT and the #ASDNext project. I absolutely love it and I have learned so much about various software’s and websites I never knew even existed. It truly changed my life! As my time is coming to a close I want to say thank you to everyone who made this possible because now I am pursing a job that if I got it would change my life and it all started with this internship. One chance, one website and my life has changed forever.