Samantha Fudens

Clearwater, Florida

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Delphian was a beautiful experience for me from start to finish. I had some amazing experiences here, and I will never forget all the wonderful people I met and the things I’ve learned. How I have grown from this program has been truly incredible.

   I realized it isn’t just about the books. It isn’t just about the essays or the checksheets. I think there is a realization you have when you are almost done here. That realization is different for everyone, but for me, it was the fact that I had changed into an adult. I realized that there is beauty in everything, and that one of the best parts of my day was seeing the little kids around the school, saying hi to them, or seeing them in the stairwell.

   I realized I was clearing a word because I genuinely wanted to know. Because I wanted to increase my vocabulary. Because I wanted to get more intelligent—not because I had to in order to write an essay at the end of the book. I started to be able to write poetry for the first time in my life because I had something to write about.

   I started to worry less about graduation and thought more about the process of reaching it. I realized that what I can achieve in my life is only limited if my thoughts are limited.

   The truth is that even though I went through some tough times on this program, even though I felt like quitting, even when I would call my parents and say, “I don’t know if I can do this anymore,” I never had a doubt that I would finish. I never thought to myself, ‘I will leave and go somewhere else.’ I never thought this wasn’t where I would end up graduating.

   “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” -Lao Tse