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Letter from Student to Parent

Dear mom and dad,

I am so thankful that you’ve given me the opportunity to be here. I’ve made so many life-long connections here and some of my first real healthy relationships. I’ve also been given the opportunity to heal and feel my raw emotions. I have also allowed myself to form real connections and love who I am. For the first time in forever, I feel comfortable in who I am. I have also greatly expanded my window of tolerance. I’ve found myself able to have a more positive outlook on life which has allowed me to be more patient with others and myself. As I’ve been more comfortable with myself, my insight has grown and I’ve been able to show empathy and respect toward my peers. I’ve also been able to become a positive support and influence (most of the time) to them. As I’ve practiced building relationships here, I’ve learned how to become a healthy, positive friend that people want to be around. I am really proud of myself for that. I approach the world around me with a heart at peace because I am finally at peace with myself. It was a long and hard process and it took a lot of courage and willpower. At the end of the day, it is the most worthwhile thing I’ve ever done. I am so grateful and thankful for the time that I’ve spent here, the people here, and my parents. Thank you everyone.

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