High school dux overcomes Asperger’s to pursue double degree

Connor Pangallo has just started his first year of a double degree in law and international relations at Flinders University and is defying Asperger Syndrome to pursue his dream of becoming a prosecutor.

The road has not been smooth for Connor who initially found it difficult to relate to teachers and other children during his formative years at Mercedes College.

However, thanks to the support of the Gold Foundation, a charity established by Connor’s mother to help develop the interpersonal skills of children on the autism spectrum, Connor now feels that he is able to understand people better and interact with them in more positive, meaningful ways.

In his words, the support of the Gold Foundation was “life-changing”.

Connor achieved SACE merits in English and Modern History and scored an ATAR of 99.8.

He was high school dux and has been commended by his school community for both his academic and personal success.

Since its inception ten years ago, the Gold Foundation has since helped hundreds of children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism and now has a network of 200 volunteers.

The Foundation runs programs in social skill development and hosts seminars and social events for families and children living with autism.

Flinders University is delighted to welcome Connor to the College of Business, Government and Law.

Find out more about combined degrees in law and international relations.

Visit the Gold Foundation website

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