Over the next few weeks, BelPres Missions will be sharing stories of the nine seniors scheduled to graduate from Eastside Academy this June. Here is Abby’s story.
My struggles began after my parents got divorced. I became really sad and depressed. My support system had always been my Dad, so when he left, I found myself struggling.
My freshman year of high school, my grades began to slip. I didn’t understand anything I was learning in a big classroom. I was very shy, and was afraid to speak up. I felt dumb. It was horrible, and I just didn’t know how to do well. I didn’t see myself able to graduate from high school, so I just stopped going to school all together.
I heard about Eastside Academy from a friend. I wasn’t sure about it at first, because I needed help academically, and not as much personally. It was hard at first and when I started counseling a lot of my past came out. I thought I was at Eastside Academy for academic help, but when I started to talk to counselors, I realized it was much more than that. I witnessed past abuse, and it helped me to see that a lot of things I went through were bottled up inside.
Last year, I wanted to do Running Start at Bellevue College. Instead I actually chose to put off Running Start so I could continue with my Recovery Class at EA. I knew that if I didn’t come to this class, I would stop reaching out to get help.
I plan to start at a community college in Seattle. I will first get my academic requirements completed, and then transfer to a four year university. I’m going to explore my options, but I know I want to do something that uses my art skills.