When I was growing up, school was very difficult for me. After being diagnosed with ADHD and already two grades behind in reading and math, most would say that I was doomed and would become another statistic. I was in an environment that not only did I not feel welcomed, but it was a place that didn’t promote my learning needs.

Eventually, school and learning had a very negative connotation for me and because of that, my education journey suffered greatly. School was just something I did because I was forced to, and it was more about surviving the day instead of actually learning. I remember coming home from school multiple times with ripped clothing and bruises from other students bullying me. My grades were as low as my motivation and there didn’t seem to be any signs of change.

I was fortunate enough to have parents who were heavily involved with my education journey. My mother was able to find out about a scholarship that I qualified for because my public school was designated as failing by the state. At first, we thought it was too good to be true, but anything was better than where I currently was.

My parents found Tree of Life Christian and that is where things began to turn around for me. I was in an environment where the sky was the limit. I truly felt invincible and was empowered by everyone around me and the education I was receiving.

I attended Tree from 6th grade all the way through 12th and it shaped me into the person I am today. During my time at Tree of Life I participated in multiple varsity sports, musicals and plays, as well as student council and multiple leadership groups. Tree of Life brought out the best version of me and I am forever grateful for the power of an excellent education.

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