Rebecca B. and Candace M.
Class of December 2010
Two alumni visited and worked at FFS from June 2 to June 8.
Rebecca B. arrived at The Family School for her violent outbursts at her parents. Her life before FFS consisted of truancy, unhealthy relationships, self-centeredness, and violence.
Rebecca described her stay at the school as calm until her eighteenth birthday. “I was covering up my emotions, and I let them out on my eighteenth birthday.” After overcoming this struggle, Rebecca said, “I knew myself better. I began accepting days as they came.”
After graduating from FFS, Rebecca constantly reminds herself of the lessons she learned. “I have to accept the difference between other people and me. I remind myself that I shouldn’t be controlling others, but rather understanding of others.” Rebecca said that she continues to have struggles, but “ [she is] able to think my way around it.”
To the newcomer, Rebecca said, “Live and enjoy every moment as it comes. When you’re old, you’re going to want to look back and be happy with it.”
Candace M. arrived at The Family School for depression and anxiety. She describes her life before FFS as “hazy and unfulfilling.” She compared her stay to the Superman ride at a theme park. “It had its ups and downs, ins and outs, but I came out like a superhero!” she exclaimed comically. At FFS, she learned the true meaning of acceptance and self-worth. “I utilize the concept of acceptance. I also have to keep on pushing myself with the understanding of knowing I deserve more in life.”
Upon graduating, Candace’s biggest struggle was adjusting back into normal elements of daily life, such as waking up alone and eating lunch without 30 of her friends. She currently attends Sacred Heart University, and described her current life as “colorful, eventful, and purposeful. Oh, and fun! So fun.”
To the newcomer, she said, “Nothing worthwhile is easy. Give it a chance, because you have nothing to lose.”