A-levels with Asperger’s syndrome: ‘My time to shine’ – BBC News

A phobia of sickness and bullying are some of the challenges Zoe Bannister has had to overcome to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

The 18-year-old, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is one of thousands waiting for their A-level results on Thursday.

She has been offered a place to study medicine at Cardiff University.

But there was a “dark” period when Zoe, from Beddau, Rhondda Cynon Taff, was a child, and her mother feared she would never reach adulthood.

Zoe – who already has an A* in IT and now needs the Welsh Baccalaureate and As in A-level Chemistry and PE – said her condition had not been a disadvantage.

“I feel like I’m kind of a little bit better at revision than other people because I’m able to just sit for hours on end and just read and read and read,” said Zoe.

“All of it goes in straight away and I can just recall a lot of information quite quickly.

“Because I enjoy being in a quiet, secluded environment in which I can get all of my work done and then being in the exam, I feel like it’s my time to shine.”

Zoe was diagnosed with Asperger’s – an autism spectrum disorder that can lead to difficulties understanding and relating to other people and taking part in everyday activities – when she was seven.

Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-49319540


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