Upon my graduation in 2017, I worked as a licensed nursing assistant (LNA). I changed paths and went to a trade school, became a hairdresser and got my license after graduating in 2019. Currently, I am working full time as a jewelry sales consultant and part time as an LNA. I will be going back to school again soon to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN)! I don’t think I would be so successful today if it wasn’t for all the support I received during my years at Next!
Upon graduation I enrolled at Colby Sawyer College in NH where I focused my studies in exercise sports science. I decided to transfer to Norwich University in Vermont at the beginning of my sophomore year to study physical education with a minor in health and coaching. I am expecting to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelors degree as well as a teaching license in the State of Vermont. I participate in rugby, swimming, theater, and ballroom dancing. During remote instruction I have been residing in Missouri with my husband as he continues his officer training in the U.S. Army and I continue my work as an RBT helping students with autism.
After graduation, I did things that I had been rather scared of for a long time: driving, getting a job, getting a second job. What I am more proud of, however, are my creative and social accomplishments. I am making a series of stop-motion videos with my action figures called “The Adventures of Gundaniel” on YouTube; I am writing a lot of short stories that I hope to make into a book someday; I have much healthier and stronger friendships now. Additionally, I am going to college for nuclear engineering and got a $10,000 scholarship! But, most important of all, I’m happier and healthier than I have ever been before in my life. I fully believe that Next has helped me grow up and has set me on the right path. I am very thankful for my teachers, as without their continual efforts the school and my experience therein would not have been as good.
I recently graduated from Next Charter School in 2020. I am currently beginning classes at Manchester Community College and will be transferring to UNH to go on to the Vet Tech Program. I did my internship at a vet clinic, and I hope to work there the future. I have kept a great relationship with the clinic and my mentor, and have even been asked to come back in! I could say a million good things about Next. I struggled through my first two years in high school. Finding Nex was like a breath of fresh air, no one judging me on my appearance or my personality, just a group of extremely close knit and accepting people.
Next is a very awesome place where you get to meet all kinds of different people. Here the teachers really do care about making sure you understand the material they are teaching you instead of just throwing words at you and expecting you to learn. Next is a very unique place where you get to be who you want to be, and all of the staff there will do everything they can to help you reach your goals. Overall Next has a very strong, supportive, and friendly atmosphere. The best decision I ever made was choosing to go to Next.
Attending Next Charter School gave me opportunities I never thought I would get. The classes were so fun and unique, and the teachers were supportive and passionate about their jobs. After I graduated, I started working at the YMCA to figure out if working with children is the best career for me. I’m still thinking about it. In the fall, I will begin classes at Southern New Hampshire University with a major in History.