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When I was in high school I was always teased and picked on because I was quiet and shy, so all the bullies and trouble makers would push me down when they walked pass me. Sometimes they would chase me home after school because most of them lived in my neighborhood. Later on I started cutting school and smoking weed. I would hang out with the other people that were teased and bullied by the same people. When I was in class, if I didn’t know how to do something and would ask for help, other students would make fun of me and tease me at recess.
I spent one year at a Catholic school and the teachers would make you read and talk in front of a lot of people at church or in front of the whole school. I would get so sick to my stomach when I had to do it and I was so shy, but we had to do it or we would be punished. When I was sixteen I became pregnant and had my son, so I quit school to stay home and take care of him. When I felt he was big enough to leave with a babysitter, I didn’t have money to pay anybody to watch him so I could go back to school. I ended up just being content for the time being with being a wife and mother, but in the back of my mind, I still wanted to finish school. I knew there was more for me, even though being a wife and mother brought me joy and satisfaction.
At EOYDC I was accepted as a person and cared about. Everybody is friendly and caring and has respect for each other. I was able to study and ask questions without somebody snickering or making fun of me because I didn’t know how to do something. All the staff are eager to help you with whatever you need. I enjoyed walking into the build because I knew that it was filled with knowledgeable and caring people.
Ms. Anana gives you the confidence that you need to get the work done, and she helps you to understand that you are here to better yourself. She makes you want to succeed and get your GED. I also like the fact that they have other classes and events like computer training, job fairs and fundraisers where you can volunteer. They even give you the opportunity to participate in marches and other community events.
EOYDC made me feel safe and respected as a person when I walked into the building. These are very important qualities that every community organization should have.