Camelot Student Looking Forward to Serving as Military Medic After Graduation
Erickah Anderson is looking forward to graduating next month and then beginning military service in the Army as a medic, though her path to service wasn’t always this focused and clearly defined. She says she used to get into trouble before being referred by the Harrisburg School District to Camelot’s Cougar Achieve Academy, a transitional program that helps students get back on track for grade promotion and graduation.
Now, her troubled days are behind her.
“I used to get into fights because I needed to prove a point to everybody, but at Camelot, I’ve learned that I don’t have to do that,” she said. “I have come to realize that it’s about how much you let people get under your skin, and I just don’t let it happen anymore. It’s not worth it. I have better things to worry about.”
Erickah said trying to change was not easy when she first arrived at Camelot.
“It was just all about how much effort I wanted to put into school and what I wanted to get out of it,” she said. “The staff basically gave me every opportunity to get myself out of trouble. It was just a question of whether I would take the steps to actually get there. It was really all on me about how I was going to get myself together. I have come really, really far and am just so happy to be graduating.”
Academically, Erickah had fallen behind but says now, at 18, she is all caught up with her peers.
“Camelot gave me the extra help I needed and the opportunity to do extra credit work and get my grades back up to where they need to be,” she said.
Once Erickah got her behavior and academics stabilized, she moved from the Cougar Achieve Academy into Camelot’s Cougar Excel Academy, an accelerated school of choice that advances the education and graduation of over-age or under-credited students.
“She had a trying first year. We can laugh about it now,” said Leah Hession, Director of Curriculum at the Cougar Academies campus. “I’m grateful that she took it upon herself to listen to all the different staff members here to do better behaviorally and academically. We couldn’t be more proud of her. She is really part of the family here, and we’re definitely going to miss her.”
Erickah said it is not a mystery why she has been so successful in the Camelot environment.
“When you walk into the building, you feel the energy from the staff, nothing but love. You feel like you’ve got more of a home. If you need help with something, they take the time, even if they don’t have time right then and there, they will come back to me before the day is over to see if I still need the help. That is just so different from what I had ever experienced in school.”
As for her upcoming entrance into the Army, she has one final challenge to overcome. She says she has to get past her fear of flying! But she says she’s ready to do that and take on the next stage of her life.
“I’ve changed a lot. I feel like I’ve matured a lot and learned that life is just too short to be worried about what everybody else is doing. I feel excited. I’m ready to graduate and show everybody that I did it for them.”
It sounds to us like Erickah is ready to take flight!