The start of this year has been really rough for me. There has been a lot going on at home the past few months, which has complicated things at school. When it first started, I tried to do everything I had to for school on my own. I was super depressed and not living up to my potential. Finally, I talked to one of my guidance counselors about the little stuff, and that sparked some change. I started talking to more and more people about things at home, and though my grades were still slipping, I was finally starting to feel better. The time came where I got told by one of my teachers that if I didn’t fix what was going on then I would be moved down in my classes. Instantly, my palms got sweaty, my heart started racing, my mind scrambled, and a huge pit formed in my stomach. I had to figure this out. Within three days, I had talked to my teachers and they were nothing but supportive. I have had some of the best conversations of my life with my teachers, and I never thought that they would care. I was wrong. They cared so much, they helped me get all my assignments in line, and my guidance counselor helped me get a free block so I could have a quiet place to do my work.

—White Mountains Regional High School