"My transition is a big change." - Robin

My name is Robin, I am 19 years old and I live in a dorm room. I study HBO Communication and Multimedia Design, I also like tattoos, drawing, gaming and music.

My favorite artist is Eminem; I have a tattoo of him, because he means a whole lot to me. I’m also transgender, which means that I was born as a girl, but that I identify as a man.

I don’t have my autism diagnosis for a long time, but I have already accepted it and I now know why I things are so difficult to me. What I notice is that I find adult life very tough. To me, it’s very difficult to arrange things by myself, to pay for things on my own and to be the one that has to figure things out, because I often don't know where to start. Social contact is a tricky thing as well. I find it difficult to make contact and to start friendships.

My transition is a big change, of course. Not only for me, but also for others. First of all, it's hard to figure out that this is the way you feel, but then having to tell others about it is the scariest part. It feels like I'm in a body that doesn't belong to me and that evokes a lot of emotions and insecurities. Often, I don't know how to deal with these emotions. The next step for me is to go to a gender clinic that can help me with my medical transition.

The thing I am very proud of is that I know who I am and what I stand for. I can completely immerse myself in the things I like and I know a lot about that too. Also, I spend a lot of time improving my skills for something I enjoy.

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