Chapel Haven boasts a growing number of students who are seeking higher education and succeeding, often to the surprise of their families. For young adults who have often had a difficult time in the mainstream, college has raised the bar and these young adults are going for it. Chapel Haven provides supports and staffing to help make college more successful.
Ariana gets good grades, but she’s also quite the social butterfly who enjoys watching the Southern Idol singing competition, attending Folio readings — that’s the literary and poetry magazine of Southern — where she has read poetry and short stories and joining clubs. She also finds time to volunteer one day a week at New Haven Reads, sorting books and placing book orders for Cornell Scott Hill Health Center and the Books in the Park program. Of her intention to focus more on her studies, rather than the “events” she likes so much, Ariana said, “This time I’m going to tone it down.”
In his artwork, Brent, who has a knack for colors when applying makeup, works with a lot of different mediums, including, charcoal, pencil, paint and clay. In the academic arena, he’s really enjoyed psychology. “I really liked the teacher,” Brent said. “He wasn’t stiff and formal, he’s relaxed.”
Brent said he knew college would be different than high school and there’s a lot he loves about this new level of learning. “I met a lot of friends and I’m expanding my knowledge,” he said. Brent and his new friends hang out, watch movies, and eat together. Brent even schedules his math tutor and keeps on top of homework and studying, exceeding his parents’ expectations, Miranda said. “It makes me really feel good I can do it,” said Brent, who recently got his drivers’ license.
On composition, he said it wasn’t the kind of writing he was used to.
“It’s great to learn how to do that, but I’d much rather write stuff with my head in the clouds. Like fan fiction,” Jacob said. In his fan fiction writing Jacob says he likes to connect everything he sees in video games, television, comic books and create his own fantasy. “I notice I’ve made a pretty good impression on some people,” he said, referring to Gateway.
Jacob added that he hasn’t really shown them at the school all he knows.
Jacob said he knows he has to work on raising his hand to talk in class rather than blurting out a question or answer in an effort to get his thoughts across. “I’m still figuring that out,” he said.
Tripp collects toys and said he loves them because they, “give people the freedom to explore” many concepts and use their imaginations.
“I like the sense of joy they bring to people,” he said. While he hopes to follow his passion and design toys for a living, Tripp is practical and said he’s fully prepared to broaden his design area when it comes time to search for a job.