June 11th, 2016
Here we are, my third year of Gear-Up. You know, if it hadn't been for my gear-up teacher pushing me write the letter, I wouldn't have signed up for the program my freshman year. I didn't think I was good enough to go, I didn't think that I would be able to talk to new people being the quiet girl I was. I'm glad I had showed a bit of desire to go and the teacher pushed me to go ahead and try. I have had a great time here the past two summers I've came. Not only when I got in, did it show me that I need to learn to trust myself, but when I actually got here and was thrown in with a bunch of other kids, that I forced myself to do more than what I thought I could actually do. Sure the past two camps haven't been perfect, but that's also the truth of life that nothing ever is. But what I do know is that Through this program I've actually found out I have more of a shot a college than I thought, because i'm an average b student and we didn't have much money so I didn't think I would qualify for many scholarships or be able to get much financial aid because my mom made "too much money." I also started to think about other options that didn't involve college at all. but in fact, I've found out that college will be the right path for me. That I will be able to survive on my own without my anxiety holding me back from making friend and asking questions and experiencing college to better my future.
I can't not wait to see what these next few weeks have in store for my peers and I, thought I know I will complain about some of the walking every night with my roommate, or be stressed out over an assignment, the overall joy i will have knowing I've completed another successful three weeks at the camp I never thought I'd get into as a freshman, to where I am now as upcoming senior, will be worth it.