Sarah R. is a recent graduate of CIP Brevard in Melbourne, Florida. While enrolled she attended Eastern Florida State College next door and participated in the equine therapy program in conjunction with Dr. Sandra Wise at Eye of a Horse.
Sarah is busily preparing for her next steps attending a university without the support of CIP. She took some time to provide her feedback and insight on her experience in the program below:
What was your favorite part of being a CIP student?
I enjoyed the connections I’ve made with the Space Coast area, the staff, my fellow students and also I enjoyed the activities and community service events immensely. I also enjoyed my internship at Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Eye of a Horse and my advisor the lovely Jodi Pierce.
What kinds of things did you struggle with with prior to CIP?
I struggled with living skills, study skills, budgeting and using appropriate social boundaries. Me and my parents chose CIP so I can have a year of transition before attending a university independently.
How as CIP able to help you with the things you struggled with?
CIP has helped me improve my areas of weakness in many ways. I am now more open to accepting others ideas. Before CIP I felt I was the one to run the show. Being on the CIP student senate, I became open to accepting others’ ideas.
Tell me about the friends you made at CIP
I have made so many friends at CIP and at Eastern Florida State College. I still want to keep in touch.
While at CIP, did you have internships and jobs?
I had a wonderful internship at Space Coast Early Intervention Center.
How did the internships/jobs from above prepare you for the world of work?
I want to be a special education teacher and at my internship, it helped me with many techniques and experience with becoming a successful teacher in the classroom.
In your opinion, what is the most important area that you have grown while at CIP?
The area I have grown the most at CIP is becoming an independent young adult.
Is there anything you want to tell the CIP staff who worked with you?
Yes, that they changed my life for the better and because of their help, I am able to live on my own in the real world now.
What advice do you have for new CIP students?
Just be open to the help the CIP staff offer. Take advantage of all the opportunities. Be involved at CIP.