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Applying to college, student with autism changes perceptions one song at a time

Gianna Hitsos has auditioned for several college music programs and is close to making a decision on where she wants to attend this fall.
Gianna Hitsos has auditioned for several college music programs and is close to making a decision on where she wants to attend this fall.credit

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It has been over a year since I started my college search. I still have months to go before I begin my college life but I wanted to take a look back on my new, exciting and very frightening journey.

I am an 18 year old senior in high school with high functioning autism. I decided to apply to college as a music major.

For the past five years, I have taken voice lessons at the Boston Conservatory Program for Students on the Autism Spectrum, a unique program that trains musically-talented autistic students. I found a talent and passion for singing I never knew I had, and music became a path to inclusion for me. I was determined to study music at college!!

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