STEPS helps her succeed

Castleton University’s College STEPS program provides individualized college support and opportunities for students living with social, communication or learning challenges. Ellie is one of three students to work with The Spartan newspaper in the program’s history at CU.

My name is Ellie Adams and I am a musician/photographer. I am at Castleton University to get an art degree. The College STEPS program is wonderful. I am not sure how I would be able to go to college without it.

I was not sure if I could afford classes, but thankfully because of grants, I can take the classes I enjoy.  I really like the people who have helped me be successful so far in my first semester. I am not sure where I would be right now without them. Patty Moore is an amazing person. Patty runs College STEPS at Castleton University. I have not known her for very long but so far we get along well.

It is nice that my mentors can come to class with me in case I need help with something. I was a little nervous meeting new people during the first day. It takes me a while to warm up to others, but it went well.

The first time we had dinner in the Huden Dining Hall, we talked about what we like to do and other stuff. I had pizza for dinner.

My mentors are great also. One of them is Sam Hydon, who joins me for The Castleton Spartan newspaper club meetings. I joined the newspaper club this semester. I have written a couple articles including this one.

I also took some photos and had them published.

Another Mentor is Kaitlin Wells, who is also great. She has helped me in the dark room, developing photos. The professor’s name is Rita Bernatowicz. She is also nice and helpful.

One of my mentors, Madison Miller is also nice. I have not known her for long yet, but we have played some games and also did some painting.

Another one is Carley Patch. She plays music, so we have played together. I am going to have a music class next semester so I can get better at the guitar.

They have been kind to me and understanding. I did not think it would go as well as it has. I look forward to another year to get to know my teachers and mentors better.

I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Right now I am only taking one class, to see how it feels. Next semester I will be taking a few different classes. One of them is philosophy. I am also going to join the Spirit Band, I think. I can’t believe this year is almost over. It went by quickly. I don’t have much else to say, other than that I am glad I joined and was able to get in college for free. Otherwise I would not be able to afford it.

Who knows what will happen next?

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