I have been asked by adults and peers that have chosen to go to other places, “Why choose Animas?” This was a challenging question at the time, but it is obvious now being at Animas. I chose Animas for the culture of acceptance. I can be myself, have ideas, and fail without repercussions. That is very important to me. I am not perfect and struggle with learning in some aspects, but the environment at Animas has made me feel like I can struggle with some things and still be a successful person in my own way. That's the main reason I chose Animas, so I can be successful in my own way. I hope this year to challenge myself in all aspects of school by trying things that might be difficult or different from what I have done in the past. I want to create a piece of work or a project that I want everyone to see and ask me about because they have never seen something like it or were impressed that a high school freshman could create work of such quality and high intelligence. I believe I can thrive at Animas to create the work that wows me and others. I believe that I can create this work based on how teachers and kids view education at Animas. I think I view education in a similar way to others at AHS. I believe that education should not just teach us about the assigned curriculum but teach us how to learn and how to be people that would learn more in life. At AHS learning is project-based I want to learn how to take the skills of project-based learning and create a project-based life when I am done with school. To me, a project-based life means that I am doing things for a reason to better myself and my life or others and their lives. I have to take on challenges and fail to succeed. I believe that AHS will prepare me for life and whatever I chose to do. That's why I chose Animas.