Soon-to-be Lorain Community College graduate John Gasior was nominated by learning specialist Jody Haserodt for being an outstanding graduate. As a student who was diagnosed with autism at the beginning of elementary school, Gasior said he wants others to know education is possible for those who persevere and believe in themselves.Gasior, 20, wants pursue a career in radio or television and plans to transfer to Kent State University after achieving his associates of arts degree. As a communications student, Gasior is very grateful for his experience at Duck Radio and to all the people there who helped him along the way. “If a student is looking for a place to get going in this field, Duck Radio is a great place to start,” the North Ridgeville resident said.
He is especially thankful to the late Bernie Kimpal who taught him the fundamentals of radio. The one tip he will always remember from Kimpal is “Less is more,” he said.
Gasior said his instructors overall were excellent. “The majority are wonderful people, want you to learn, want you to be successful and are not showing up just because they want to be paid,” he said. “They are there because they care about their students.” Karin Hooks was a favorite instructor because she is not afraid to step in and offer her assistance, he said.
He was lucky to also be surrounded by a good support group system through Accessibility Services, Gasior said. “I felt nothing but absolute respect and am incredibly thankful for the support. Take advantage of this if you need it,” he advises other students.
Gasior also wants to thank his parents for everything they’ve done to help him on his journey.