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 Ben’s story.
I have been attending Eastside Academy Overlake since the school opened this past January. Prior to attending EA, I struggled at my previous high school. It was overwhelming, large, and didn’t feel like teachers cared about me. I suffer from social anxiety and depression, and being at such a large high school made my anxiety even worse; eventually I attempted suicide. I went to Fairfax Hospital for a while, and when I came back my teachers didn’t understand what I went through and I ended up failing some of my classes. This drove me even deeper into depression. Soon after my suicide attempt I heard through my Young Life leader about EA opening a new school at Overlake Church, so my mom and I decided to see what it was all about.
From my first admissions meeting, I knew from the bottom of my heart that this place was for me. Since school started at EA, I’ve felt like the teachers care about me and for the first time I look forward to going to school. I enjoy the smallness at EA, and how I can relate to others who are in the same boat as me: other students who want to change their lives. Because EA is a small, closely knit school – I feel like everyone talks to each other and there aren’t cliques and there is commonality among us students.
If someone wants to attend this school, they have to invest in it – they have to want to change their unhealthy life habits. My favorite subject is Astronomy, I like the big ideas that come along with the science. After I graduate from high school, I want to attend college and study architecture or masonry. I like this school, I am college bound.