“My name is Erika, and I am a graduate of Indiana Connections Academy. What interested me about Indiana Connections Academy was the fact that I could learn at my own pace and not feel pressured if I didn’t get something or had to be out of school. I had cancer almost three years ago, and, because of that, I got behind in school and my grades were awful. I put so much pressure on myself to try to keep up that it was actually making my health worse; I started passing out and having tremors due to the stress. Indiana Connections Academy allowed me to put my health first, and I didn’t feel pressured to keep up with my peers, which allowed me to understand and grasp what I learned better than at a traditional school. As a result, my health is a whole lot better.
At Indiana Connections Academy I enjoyed learning again. I went from making C’s and D’s to being on the A-B Honor Roll and becoming a member of the National Honor Society. The subject I enjoyed most was history. I love learning about different countries and time periods. However, what I am most passionate about is dolphins. I have collected dolphin figurines ever since I was little, and I even have one from England. I also love spending time with my family and friends."