Before I graduated high school, I did not know where I was going to go with my life. There were a few ideas given to me, and one of them was an adult learning program. The program is called South Shore Work Activity Program, SSWAP for short.
Here I am learning about four basic work explorations. It also helps me to learn Math and English skills. There are a lot of different things I have learned from being in the program.
SSWAP is also a help for me in finding a part-time job. It is more difficult for people, like I, who have disabilities to find a job. This program is helping me to overcome my barriers, one of them being my disabilities, and to work out in the workforce doing something I enjoy.
This learning program is also helping me with going to college. You may ask
"HOW is it helping me with going to college?" Well, by being at SSWAP I am getting hands-on experience from the four different work exploration areas. I am also getting hands-on experience from doing a job placement I enjoy.
SSWAP is really helping me overcome the barriers I have. Thanks to this program I feel more confident in finding a job that will accept my disabilities. The program is helping me to be more confident when it comes to my disabilities. Before I went to SSWAP, I was basically dependent on everyone or so it seemed. Everyone was treating me different and over-protecting me, but thanks to this program I am able to get a chance to do things more independently then I would have if I stayed home or went straight to college. Of course, before I even finished high school I was scared to death of going to college and moving away from home, but again it is SSWAP that is giving me more confidence every day. I will soon be able to move out on my own with cooking skills I never got at home that much and lots of other skills such as problem solving and computer skills.
Learning is an on-going, everyday thing. You are always learning. You learn to pick up things with your hands when you are a baby, and you learn all through school. But, learning does not stop after high school; you are still learning new things every day. You will never stop learning at all in your life. An adult learning new things is no different than a child learning new things. Learning new things can lead to success. Not one person knows everything in the world around us, and no one should expect us to. Learning new things helps us to grow as a person. Without the ability to learn, things would not change, people would not grow...and things would be pretty boring. Just remember,
"Learning helps us to grow as a person!"