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Superpowers by Addyson Soderquist

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

At the beginning of my sophomore year, I was diagnosed with a superpower...high-functioning autism.

Being autistic is like having superpowers. It has its perks, for example, music. Listening to music makes me physically feel joy rush through my body, and it is the best feeling in the world. I was literally born with great rhythm, and I can match most tones and pitch. I’ve grown up in a dual language program, and now we know why I’ve always sounded so authentic from the beginning, when learning to speak Spanish. Another strength is how observant it makes you. I notice everything in the room, sometimes down to what color shoelaces are in everyone’s shoes. And, I notice behaviors too. It’s almost like a sixth sense when interpreting sketchy characters or even emotions behind people’s masks. These new found superpowers are shaping who I am and what I hope to accomplish during my time at college, and beyond. One day not only will I be enjoying a career I’m sure to love, but I will also be able to go out telling my story (especially to other teenage girls) about finding your superpowers and using them to chase your dreams too.

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