AwareNow: Issue 19: The Source Edition

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“Sam’s whole college experience was very relatable and authentic for me.”

Allié: You are of course known for your role as Sid in Atypical, alongside Sam, played by Keir Gilchrist.

Out of all of the personal challenges and growth that Sam went through on the show, which were you personally most able to relate to and why?

Tal: First of all, Keir is an amazing actor, and his portrayal of Sam really made me feel seen in a lot of ways. I think for me, though, the thing I was most able to relate to was going to college. Like Sam, I want to succeed and I want to do things the right way. Sam struggles with asking for help and with change, and I totally relate to that because I stubbornly want to be able to accomplish things myself. The difficulty with change for me is more a difficulty with new things. But I have found that as soon as I can make new situations, people, or routines, more familiar to me --- the better chance I have of overcoming my anxiety about them.

A lot of what Sam experienced at Denton with teachers and classes, and organization, I also experienced in college. Sam is way more social than me, though, so I was even more challenged at school than he was with socialization. But in general, Sam’s whole college experience was very relatable and authentic for me.

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