By Aishani Patel, CIP Long Beach Head Student Advisor
Jason Lau, more affectionately known around CIP Long Beach as “J. Lau”, is a very intelligent young man with interests in religion and politics. He started attending CIP January 2012. As many of our other students, Jason faced a variety of challenges, but with staff and student support he has been learning from them and moving forward.
Currently Jason is enrolled in classes at Long Beach City College where he is taking an Algebra class and received 100% on his last exam. His biggest challenges have been transportation and the ability to navigate around new areas. He now feels more comfortable taking the bus to and from campus independently and is very proud of himself for achieving this goal.
Jason has also become very skilled at utilizing a variety of strategies to help manage stress. He realizes that staying active is the key to avoiding thought overload and enjoys exercising with our Wellness Coordinator. Some of the additional strategies he came up with regarding self-regulation include looking at books that feature graphs, pictures related to agriculture, environmental issues and cultural differences.
He enjoyed working in the community garden during community service and found the physical labor of digging, scooping and planting to be very relaxing. He would like to seek out more volunteer opportunities for this type of activity. The entire staff at CIP Long Beach is very pleased with the progress Jason is making and we look forward to seeing him achieve great things in his future!