I came to FMA because I needed a change in my life. I didn’t know if I had a future to look forward to. My family and I visited here, and I knew right away that FMA was a place where I could learn and achieve that change.
When my Dad dropped me off, it was overwhelming, and it totally flipped my world upside down. All I wanted was to go home to what I knew and loved. I was convinced to stay and just see what it was like.
The first few days were a mess of homesickness and a lot of tears. When I finally opened myself up, I started to really understand why I wanted to come in the first place. I’m not saying that homesickness has gone away, but I’m just not thinking about it as much.
Another difficult part of coming here was that I was coming in the middle of the year, when everyone else had already learned so much and everyone knew each other. But now I feel like I’ve been here since the beginning, that I’m a part of the group. I still have my moments of stress and fear, but all and all this has been the biggest change I’ve ever come across. I’ve never been so scared and challenged before. Through the hard times, I just tell myself “I can do this,” and just take it one day at a time, and then I know I can do it.

One Response to New Kid in Town by Chandler M.

  1. Alicia says:

    My dearst Chandler,
    I am so proud of you. Your article “New Kid in Town” is outstanding, and you are intouch with your heart and head.
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, you are enduring and overcomming. You are a braveheart.
    I love you. “You go girl”.
    Aunt Alicia (Ewing)

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