About Austin

When I was three years old, I was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, which led to doctors believing that I would never be able to speak nor take care of myself when I got older. But I gladly proved those doctors wrong, as I have defied those negative stereotypes and graduated from East High School in 2016. Four years later, I am preparing to graduate with a journalism degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Spring 2021. 

After graduation, I will consider doing freelance work related to video games and technology for my personal YouTube channel. This work will be heavily influenced by creators like James Rolfe (the Angry Video Game Nerd), Shane Luis (Rerez) and Scott "The Woz" Wozniak.

 

Education

September 2009 - June 25, 2016

East High School (Rochester, New York)

Regents Diploma, GPA usually averaged at around a 4.0 out of 4.5

July 11, 2016 - May 15, 2021

Rochester Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Cumulative GPA of 3.110

 

Past work experience

February 27, 2013 - June 25, 2016

Producer and Video Editor, Eagle Eye Report

Responsible for the studio setup, camera operation, video editing, closed captioning, and publishing. 

Edited videos were with iMovie (later Adobe Premiere) and published to YouTube.

September 2016 - June 25, 2016

Reporter, The Eagle Express

Wrote stories for the school's print newspaper.

This ultimately inspired me to major in Journalism at RIT.

February 21, 2020 - February 22, 2020

Photographer, Special Olympics NY Winter Games

Responsible for reporting on the events, including the opening ceremony and floor hockey competition.

 

Skills

Public Speaking

Social Media

Reporting and Writing

Photography & Videography

Mass Communication

Data Analysis & Visualization

 

Awards and Accomplishments

President's Award for Educational Achievement

President's Award for Educational Excellence

Dean's List, 2018 Fall Semester

Dean's List, 2018 Spring Semester

Dean's List, 2019 Spring Semester

Dean's List, 2020 Spring Semester

Dean's List, 2020 Fall Semester

Dean's List, 2021 Spring Semester