Student overcomes struggles caused by Asperger’s syndrome

Student overcomes struggles caused by Asperger’s syndrome

Jacqueline Davis

At the young age of 12, Allie Pressley was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, which made making friends and “fitting in” more difficult.

Because of her differences, she had to deal with bullying all throughout school. But she didn’t let this stop her from achieving her goals in life.

Allie overcame many struggles and graduated from Pepperell High School in 2011 and is currently excelling in her post-secondary education by attending the Georgia Highlands College’s Floyd campus. She is a human services major completing her last semester at GHC, before transferring to Shorter University.

After graduating, she plans to use her degree to help others in the community. She has a very supportive family that includes both parents, a brother and three sisters, one of whom is her twin sister.

She has not only overcome her struggles and obstacles, but takes the time to give back and volunteers at Floyd Medical Center in the Arts in Medicine Department.

At 22 years old, Allie is about to embark on a new adventure in life, motherhood.

Even though it came as a wonderful surprise, she is excited to experience the new challenges and blessings that come with being a mother.