Being the older sister of a younger brother with autism has been both challenging and gratifying. Throughout the years, I’ve learned many lessons from my brother on empathy, identity, and understanding.
Arpitha Sistla is a high school senior in Eureka, Missouri. She is a Co-Online Editor in Chief for the Messenger, her school’s newspaper. This will be her 3rd year on staff. Outside of the Messenger, she is a dancer, singer and loves to volunteer. In school, she is involved with Show Choir, Speech and Debate and Mock Trial. In her free time, she enjoys watching YouTube documentaries, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.