I wasn’t smiling for much of my time at university. Last week I was tasked to give back to the Black community after winning an alumni award at my undergrad university.
Already several years out, I reflected on my experience during my time there. I struggled to attend many events because they often felt too noisy, crowded or bright.
I faltered in minor chit chat during the few events I did attend. At the time, I didn’t know I was autistic, but I knew I was different.