When I went off to school at the University of Southern California (USC), it was the first time, like many other 18-year-olds, that I would be living away from home. It was an especially huge change for me because of my Duchenne muscular dystrophy and my reliance on my parents to help me.
After graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C., to intern at The Washington Post for five months. It was a new, bustling city, and this time I only had one roommate, as opposed to the 13 I lived with during my junior and senior years at USC.
When I returned to Southern California, I lived with my parents for three years. Now I have my own apartment with a roommate and two assistants who help me throughout the day.