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Slowly but Surely

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

by Alexa Fallon, CLE Student

Alexa's goals at CLE Costa MesaMy name is Alexa and I am studying Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and I have always been good with them. I recently completed 4 successful semesters at Orange Coast Community College and now, I am a few classes away from earning my certificate and my Associates Degree. With my certificate, I hope to become a Teacher’s Aide. Eventually, I would like to go back to school to become a teacher.

I have achieved my academic and personal goals by maintaining healthy attitudes and habits and by using my experiences as opportunities to learn. With regard to attitude, I believe in the philosophy of “sink or swim,” in which I choose to swim. I know that if I put in the effort, I will succeed in meeting my goals even in the face of challenges. This philosophy contributed to my high G.P.A. and acceptance to an honor society. With the help of CLE, I have also developed a number of habits that have allowed me to achieve academic success. For instance, I prioritize going to CLE programming and school. I think of it as my job. Like going to work, I attend classes and tutoring sessions on time and complete all assignments. I also set healthy boundaries by not over-participating in extracurricular activities when they will distract me from my obligations.

Alexa's project at CLE Costa MesaMy life experiences have not always been easy or fun, but I have learned to evaluate my mistakes and grow from them. I additionally seek out other opportunities to learn. For example, I have been volunteering for an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) agency working as a Social Skills Facilitator with autistic children. I am committed to gaining knowledge in the field that can later apply to my intended teaching career.

In closing, the best advice I could give to future CLE students is to be responsible and show initiative. Slowly, but surely success will follow.

Newsletter Articles – July 2014

Stephanie Martin, President CLE

As the President of CLE, I began reflecting back to this time last year and recall the excitement of our new student class, the pride of seeing students move forward ready to take on the world without our supports, and the camaraderie of our teams continuing to strengthen across the organization. The results, just a short year later, exceeded my expectations and again, the bar was raised for what we can accomplish as an organization.

AmazonSmile

We are thrilled to announce that the Educational Foundation for Independence (EFFI) is now affiliated with Amazon Smile. For those of you who are not familiar with EFFI, it is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising money to assist individuals with disabilities in accessing educational opportunities unique to their needs. EFFI’s mission is to is to provide scholarships in the form of tuition assistance for students to attend a number of K-12 private schools and college support programs for alternative learners, and early intervention services for young children with Autism.

Chase's Graduation - CLE Fort Lauderdale

Chase came to CLE Davie in August 2012 ready to begin his college studies. From his first class through his last, he tackled every course diligently and persevered to keep his grades high. He took one day at a time and worked extremely hard to meet his obligations on time. Because he learned to organize himself, Chase graduated on the Deans List with a GPA of 3.54!

Tom is Rockin' Out - CLE Washington D.C.

Ever since looking at colleges during his sophomore year in high school, Tom wanted to go to college away from home. Initially, he wanted to attend a school in Vermont, but Tom’s family suggested looking at College Living Experience to assist him in his academic and independent living skills development.

Alexa success at CLE Costa Mesa

My name is Alexa and I am studying Early Childhood Education. I love working with children and I have always been good with them. I recently completed 4 successful semesters at Orange Coast Community College and now, I am a few classes away from earning my certificate and my Associates Degree. With my certificate, I hope to become a Teacher’s Aide. Eventually, I would like to go back to school to become a teacher.

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