Feel At Peace with My Life

By December 17, 2015Cadets Corner

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Cadet Polanco, K; Cycle 35

Cadet Polanco, K; Cycle 35 $500 3D PrintingThinkLink Scholarship Recipient.

If I ever saw someone going through what I went through I would honestly probably cry. I never ever want anybody to struggle and to seem like they hit dead end. South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy gave me stability, and discipline. It made me feel like people actually cared about how I end up in life.

Before South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy I was a mess, like I literally was a mess. You couldn’t tell me anything! It was my life, I do what I want when I want. The worst part about it was I repeatedly broke my mother’s heart. You can’t even count on your fingers how many times I told her I was going to change and I didn’t. I even got on my knees and said I was but like every other teenager I was in love.

I was  young and dumb, young, dumb and in love. I thought he was the love of my life and that were going to be together forever. Of course, I never thought that he would put me in a situation that could have ended my life. April 24, 2015 worst day of my life. I remember so little but I get these terrible flashbacks that make me feel like only yesterday I got shot. It was about 5 o’clock the day before April 23 I was doing my thing hanging out smoking taking my usual 2-3 xanax when my boyfriend called me, there was going to be a smoke/chilling thing in red roof Hardeeville of course I went.

That’s all I remember from that day. Back to April 24th the morning off I remember calling my mom after getting shot she thought I was lying I don’t blame her though. I was like the boy who cried wolf to her. I remember being on the helicopter to savannah memorial and that’s it. Shortly after that I was scared to be around guns and I was scared to smoke I was just scared, so scared I slept with my parents for a few weeks like I said I never want to see anyone in a place so low like I was.

I can proudly say I’m clean and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been being in this program. Not once I said I wanted to go home and when I was home I was ready to come back. This is my home. These cadres mean something to me all of these 18 other girls mean something to me I love them and I want them all to succeed.

I recommend South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy because I honestly finally feel at peace with life and my mom is the proudest she’s ever been with me and that’s all I can ever ask for. So I highly suggest that you take some time away from all the smoking and drinking to realize you are someone in this world. You think 5 months is a lot, it’s really not. I’m already at week 22, time flys by so quickly and I feel so amazing being here.

They feed us 3 times a day plus a snack, school Monday through Thursday 8-3 to help us further our education, field trips on Fridays, mentor pass on weekends, sports, like doesn’t that sound so good?? Most importantly we march and we have a family day wouldn’t you love to see your parents cry? Tears of joy of course knowing that you’re finally doing something good in your life.

For me the journey doesn’t stop there. Imagine furthering your education. After receiving my G.E.D I plan to go to Aiken Technical College and continue my education and after Aiken I plan to have a happily ever after. Hopefully you open your eyes before something happens that can possibly end your life. I wish nothing but the best for you. – Cadet Polanco, K; Cycle 35.

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Published By: Marissa Vannall