Tim Walker is a 23-year-old college student taking classes in math, psychology and communications at Northern Virginia Community College. He enjoys attending rock concerts, comedy shows and any sporting event featuring his beloved DC teams. When not working for his internship at the Ford Nature Center in Alexandria, VA, he spends his free time hanging out with his girlfriend, cooking meals for his parents and working out at the gym. Tim, a typical college student, is also a 2010 alumnus of the College Internship Program’s Berkshire Center in Lee, MA.
Tim spent his four years at the Berkshire Center taking courses at the nearby community college, learning residential skills, such as managing his living space, and enjoying the social aspects of the program. He credits CIP academic staff with always being willing to help with his college coursework. Some of Tim’s more memorable classes at BCC include American Popular Music, Acting I and II and a Wine Appreciation course. Tim acknowledges the professors at BCC as being, “Very accommodating to my learning difference.”
From a social aspect, Tim excelled at CIP. While attending weekend activities ranging from a Led Zeppelin tribute band to New York Yankees games, he was forging friendships that still exist today. Tim and other CIP alumni regularly gather for social outings in the DC area, including Washington Redskins games, Lewis Black comedy shows and an upcoming Bon Jovi concert.
Since leaving CIP, Tim lists his accomplishments as meeting his current girlfriend at an Asperger’s social group and regularly attending a gym, where he has already lost 35 pounds. Tim also praises the program, saying it has given him a greater comprehension of his learning difference.
“CIP has helped me do a lot of things better, such as self advocating,” he said. “I speak up for my rights at my new community college. CIP has also helped me to understand my diagnosis of Asperger’s a lot better!”
Tim urges current students to try new and exciting activities but also to save time for studying. Tim obviously understands the balance that all college students face!
When asked about where he sees himself in the future, there is no hesitation in his voice. “Doing something that I love, maybe something involving music, because I am very knowledgeable about music.”