Castle View Alum Shares Story and Struggles Through E-Book

Castle View Alum Shares Story and Struggles Through E-Book
Posted on 02/23/2022

Castle View Alum Shares Story and Struggles Through E-Book

Castle View High School grad Hudson Rose is busy working, blogging, and volunteering for an organization close to his heart.

What is your name, which school did you attend, and what year did you graduate?
My name is Hudson Rose, and I graduated from Castle View High School in 2020.

What have you been doing since graduation?
I work part-time at AMC Theaters, and I volunteer with Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). I also have a blog about my struggles with having cerebral palsy and mental health issues. Through my blog, I hope to inspire and motivate others.

What is your proudest achievement since graduating?
I’m learning to accept my disabilities and limitations and sharing them with others through my blog, I recently compiled my favorite blog posts into an e-book, The Explosive Heart Memoir. I’m proud of my first e-book. It’s available through Amazon Kindle.

Share a positive memory from high school that sticks out to you.
The most positive thing about high school was being involved in the Best Buddies program. Through the program, I was matched with another student for support and friendship. My favorite memory was probably the Best Buddies Friendship Walk, the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with IDD. I also really enjoyed Showdown Week, where students compete against each other in sports. Another highlight is when a professional pumpkin carver came to the special needs class and created a unique Castle View pumpkin.

What was one unique thing you learned about yourself during high school? How did your teachers and school support you?
I learned that I like helping others who struggle with the same things I do. My teachers supported me by attending Best Buddies events. One of my favorite teachers went to a Colorado Avalanche game with me. The school also supported the Best Buddies program so that some students could attend a conference.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Time is irreplaceable. You don't need to have a lot of friends, just a couple of really close ones. If everyone in the world likes you, you are probably doing something wrong. Pain, struggles, and heartache are not the end. They can bring about an unbelievable amount of self-love and self-growth in the future. Hang in there when things are hard. Most of the hard stuff is temporary.

What skill (professional or personal) are you trying to master?
I would like to be a better writer and a better speaker so that I can share my story with more people.

What are your future plans?
I will continue to be involved with Best Buddies. I am going to start a Best Buddies Citizens Chapter and work part-time for them organizing events. I hope to someday own my own business and maybe become a motivational speaker.

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