I didn’t want to change

Hello everyone. I would like to tell you a little bit about my stay here and how Thayer Learning Center has helped me change my life. I arrived here at Thayer Learning Center on May 11, 2003 and to tell you the truth I was a mess and I hated everyone and everything around me. I didn’t want to change, I loved my life and no one was going to make me change. Then I started thinking about all the things I did when I was at home and maybe I did need to change my life around but I had to do it, no one could do it for me—I had to do it for myself. Well I started to do things right and do what I was told and on my 97th day I moved up to residency and there I started to build a really strong relationship with my mother, and we became really good friends, I started to respect her a lot but little by little. I got my 1st family visit and I tried to convince my mother that I was ready to go home and she told me that she had a commitment with the school that she would keep me here for a year. In that year I have had some set backs, but I never let them hold me back. I have goals for the future and I will not give up until I succeed.

I’ve learned so much here and one thing that I’ve learned is that you can’t give up even when the going gets tough.

First I would like to thank God for giving me everything he has and for seeing me through the hard times in my life. Second, I would like to thank my parents for being my #1 fans and for always being there for me and never giving up on me even when it seemed like there was no hope for me. I want ya’ll to know that it is greatly appreciated. Third, I would like to thank Mr. Bundy, Mr. Jake and Ms. Willa for always believing in me and for helping me change my life around, without you guys I am sure that I would not be the respectful young lady I am today, so thank you for everything.

Fourth, I would like to thank my family rep for always being there for me when I need you, you have been a big part for me here at Thayer Learning Center so thank you for everything. And last I would like to thank the drill sergeants for making Junior Staff fun and exciting and for caring about me so much and giving me the attention I needed. Everything ya’ll have done for me has made a big impression on my life and I will never forget what you all have done. Thank you.