I remember when I was in school; I always struggled with learning. I never got the help that I needed because the class sizes were so big. I did end up graduating by luck, but I wasn’t proud of myself.
Over the years there were things that I wanted to do, but I ended up not doing them. I always felt that I wasn’t smart enough to get a job or that I wasn’t good enough at something to be able to do it. My life felt useless and empty. I had my son and then over the next two years I started thinking about when he starts bringing home homework. Will I be able to help him? I decided to make a difference in my life for my son and for me.
I had a second chance to change things in my life. I started at the Annapolis Valley Work Center, which is part of an adult learning program, I found out things that really surprised me. I was really good at math and other things. The people at the center helped me to understand things a lot more clearly. I know now that I am not stupid, that I am good at things and I owe that to the adult learning program at the Annapolis Valley Work Center.
Every morning when I step foot into the center and I sit down, I like to look around at all the people and think, without this center we would not have had the opportunity for this second chance.
I believe in my heart that the adult learning program is the greatest program for people who want to take the opportunity for that second chance because without that second chance people would not be able to learn new things. The adult learning program can help people out in a lot of different ways. For instance, people who never finished high school can get help to prepare them for the GED. Another thing is for people who are tired of the same old job and want to see if they are interested in maybe starting a new career. Of course, the most important reason that the program is good is for people who can’t read or write. Well the program actually helps people with that.
My mother is not good at reading and writing and she might be joining the Annapolis Valley Work Center so that she can get help with reading and writing. I can see that if she gets help then she will be able to read a story to her grandchildren one day.
While writing this essay I got to thinking that maybe one day some of the next generation will want to have the same opportunity that I got for this second chance. If the program happens to get cut then I think of all the people who would not be able to try new things or learn how to read and write.
I am really glad that I got this opportunity to write this essay about the adult learning program. I never knew how important this program really was until I came to one.