By Katie Sutton, M.Ed., CIP Berkshire Head Student Advisor
The following was submitted by a student who wishes to remain anonymous but is a true CIP success story.
“I came to CIP as someone who had been in college, and dropped out. I have worked a full time job with minimum wage, and quit. I came here as someone who struggled with weight, and saw no way out. I was unhappy with myself in more ways than one. I was someone who had no follow-through.
Coming to CIP gave me the chance to reinvent myself, to stop sulking and instead take charge. Until I came here, I had no motivation because I saw no future for myself. When I saw that other people cared about where I was going in life, I slowly began to see it too. In my first semester I began to take the wellness program very seriously, and I was able to lose 30 lbs. CIP pushed me to go back to school, and I was able to choose a degree program and persevere with my classes. I had a demanding schedule put on me, and I made it through.
Something my dad always told me, is that you are only as good as your word. CIP helped me man up to the task at hand, and allowed me to change my attitude from what I would have used to say, “no”, or “maybe” to “yes I can”.
After three years here, I’m preparing for my departure. CIP has allowed me to grow up and to no longer feel like a child. In treating me like an adult, CIP has let me develop the ambition and drive to succeed. I am now applying to several competitive schools to continue my education; something that nobody in my life could have foreseen three years ago.”