Academy for Adult Learning Class of 2011

Meet Autimn, Academy Class of 2011, and Ian, Temple University Class of 2012


VIDEO: Autimn and Ian describe their experiences with the Academy for Adult Learning.

Autimn, what do you think you got out of the program?

Autimn: What I got out of it is you can learn, you can learn all this kind of stuff when you're in the program and you can, you can really take everything out of it. But what the important thing is, is to try to learn as much as you can and if you learn something in the past like before, or anything like that you can still learn that same period of time. So, that's what I got out of it.

Ian, what do you think you got out of the program?

Ian: I think that I've gotten to learn about other people, other cultures, other backgrounds that maybe I'm not used to being involved with that much, on a day-to-day basis, or on a weekly basis. Um, and, you know, simultaneously, also, learning more about myself, in the process, which wasn't something I really thought I would get out of it.

Um, I think I've learned more about, um, I guess, that I can be patient with people, that I can help people out. Um, you know, if they have trouble understanding something, and I understand it, I can help him...I think I'm good at, teaching them how to learn it, or basically, how to understand it or like why I understand it.

Autimn, what three words would you use to describe Ian?

Autimn: Supportive, kind and I mean, crazy...but, caring at that...

Ian, what two or three words would you use to describe Autimn?

Ian: I'd say very generous, um, caring as well, and um, open-minded, definitely.

Ian, how do you think your involvement has affected your overall experience at Temple University?

Ian: It's definitely been very positive, um. You know, I knew that I'd get somethings out of it, positive, most likely, but I didn't think it would be as good an experience as it really was. It doesn't feel like I have to put any effort into anything. It's basically just something I want to do, and that I like to do, and it's not ever hard to show up at all, just because, you know, I get to see Autimn. We have a good time, we always mess around, and then when we have work to do, we both do our work. And it's just a really...definitely been a great experience.

Autimn, how has this experience of Temple's campus been for you as a student?

Autimn: It's been overwhelming postitive to me, because, when gives me a chance to meet all different types of people, and all different types of races--Black, White, Asian, whatever--and it helped me to try to learn about more people more. So that's, that's what I got out of the program.

How do you think the Academy for Adult Learning will affect your future?

Autimn: Um, I don't think it will affect my future. It will affect how I change people, everything else in that matter, but it will change how I learn how to do stuff and change what I wanted to do in life, like music, or office work, or anything else in that matter. So that will probably change what I'd been doing for the last couple of years. I'm not that little kid no more, so I'm at grown up stage, so that would be good for me.

Ian: As far as, I guess, building relationships with people, I think it will definitely help me a lot, just because, um, just meeting somebody for the first time and then kind of hang out with him all the time, and things like that. It's kind of been, like, a good experience, in the fact that like I'm able to just like see how I can build a relationship from day one, basically with somebody that I'd never met before. And like I just learned a lot of things, a lot of tools, on how to talk to people, how to respect people, and listen and just on a human standpoint, just been very effective, definitely going to help me in the future.

What is your all-time favorite movie?

Autimn: You all are going to think I'm crazy but my favorite movie is Power Rangers--The Movie. Because, because, everytime it...because I love action movies, I love special effects and stuff like that, 'cause I've been watching the show ever since I was 15 years old and I really love how's also a positive message goes in that movie. So I loved it.

Ian: My favorite movie is, uh, definitely a lot different from Power Rangers. Um...Taxi Driver, by Martin Scorsese. So much different but, uh, I don't know why,'s just my favorite movie, I can't really explain it, I just think it's a really cool character study.

What is your favorite food?

Autimn: The best thing I have eaten is...gotta be...spagetti and sauce. 'Cause I love, I love the taste -- I know how to make it.

So I love spagetti, I love...I like meatballs (but I'm trying to lose weight right now) but, but I really love the sauce, I love how if the sauce is very thick, not watery or nothing like that. It's really, really good and it's healthy for me without the meat, so I love it. I love it.

Ian: Best thing I've ever eaten is the uh, bison burger at Ted's Montana Grill, very, very good. Definitely the best thing I've ever eaten.

If you had one dream that could really come true, what would it be?

Autimn: My dream come true I would say becoming a artist, 'cause I could share my talent with other people. That's one of my dreams.

Ian: If I had one dream to come true probably'd be to become an actor. I think that would be, like, a really cool thing to do, interesting, in like serious movies. I just think that would be awsome.

Do you want to share anything else?

Ian: I just know there's a lot of schools that don't do this program, and like it just, only makes me think good things about Temple, the fact that they do a program like this, and they care enough to do that and like, you know, as an alumni, would definitely make me more willing to give money to the Institution, and things like that, 'cause I know that they have good programs like this and, uh, I just think that it's definitely benefitial to all parties. This program, there's nobody that...there's no downside for anyone, just only helps people out and definitely, I'm very glad that I'm in this program.

For more information about the program or about becoming a mentor, contact:

Kathy Miller
Telephone: 215-204-9395

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service