I decided to come to FMA for a number of reasons. I wanted an opportunity to better my life, and myself and I knew I would get that chance here. I feel that coming here has made me a better person in many ways, from the simplest things like having to change my thinking about what I will eat, to more complex matters such as my relationship with my parents, and my attitudes toward different people, different cultures, and different philosophies of life.
When I first arrived, it was hard to be away from family and friends, and I know some of the other students had difficulties too. I talked with a few of my classmates about their early feelings about FMA. “I loved the idea of the outdoor portion of the school,” one student told me, while another said, “I wanted to come here, and month by month I have grown to like the people, the animals and the rustic feel.” Others had a harder time at first, but have since come to think of it differently. “I hated the idea and being here, at first, but after getting used to it, I have grown to love it,” reported one of my classmates, and another admitted that, “I didn’t want to be here at first, but, now that I’m here, I know it’s the best thing for me.”
I decided to come to FMA because I knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I didn’t want to let that pass by me. I think we’ve all had mixed feelings about being here, but for me the experiences I’ve had while I’m here have made it all worthwhile.