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SRA graduate: ‘I think being there made me realize I wanted to be a voice for people that couldn’t have a voice’
Spring Ridge Academy has produced some remarkable graduates over the years. One such person is Molly Casson, who spent roughly three years at SRA. She looks back at her time as a learning experience that also brought a tremendous amount of personal growth.
“SRA has become my second home,” she wrote. “This place saved parent’s relationship, and my own life,” she said. “I have grown tremendously.”
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“There is no way this growth could stop, because I will never stop again,” she wrote in the speech. “I have such a deep understanding of myself and my values.”
“I want to encourage you not to lose sight of what is in store for you after you leave here,” she wrote. “Just because you are here, does not make you a failure–in fact it makes you a survivor,” she said. “You have saved yourself by coming here.”
In a pre-COVID world, one of the major highlights of Phase IV for our students was the integration of friends into the family system. In a COVID world, this feels like an unrealistic expectation with the reality of lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and everyone working together to keep our campus safe by minimizing contact with those outside of the family. Although integrating friends is an exciting part of Phase IV, it is only one small part of what students accomplish in a successful Phase IV and in the program.
Growing up I had a good life. I loved my family, had good friends, and I was a good child overall. As I approached my teens that all began to change. For some reason, I felt I had to rebel in order to live up to the reputation of “Generation X”. Over the next few years I became unruly and uncontrollable.
At the age of fifteen, after multiple failed short-term placements, my parents decided it was time to take serious action. On February 13, 1997, I was sent to Spring Ridge Academy in Spring Valley, Arizona. From then on, my life would never be the same.
Each one of our parents has shared the fear and uncertainty of sending their daughter away to a Therapeutic Boarding School in Arizona. Learn how Jennifer and her husband found hope for their daughter at Spring Ridge Academy.
“I traveled far and wide across the country to examine schools after Wilderness and spent two days at my top choices. I spent a lot of time with the students and the staff. Ultimately, it was the spring in the step of the girls I met that made me choose SRA. I kept hearing from the girls how they “loved” their school.”
Your daughter is heading down a path that you fear she will not come back from. Knowing that changes need to happen you are researching Therapeutic Boarding Schools. Hear from a recent graduate how our program has changed her life.
“I never saw myself as flawed. I never saw myself to be like the “other teenagers” that hit rock bottom. I saw myself as perfect. But, I also found myself suffocating through the life I led. I had extremely unattainable expectations set for myself and an even lower sense of self. I was engulfed by a constant state of anxiety and loomed over by the crippling effects of depression.
Like those “other teenagers” I compared myself to, I was lost. I was completely and utterly lost from myself.”