Emma Brems is a graduate of Ohio Connections Academy (OCA). Her siblings, Ellie and John, are also graduates of OCA. OCA’s welcoming learning environment helped Emma flourish and grow into a confident and independent student. Emma shares her story below:
“In the seventh grade, I experienced a stress-induced illness that put a damper not only on my social growth, but also on my academic growth. I was flying through my seventh grade year with easy A’s, but I had no self-confidence. As soon as I enrolled in OCA, I could tell I was going to be all right. I was able to become my own person without the fear of being labeled as a nerd, dork, or other social stereotypes. OCA gave me a place where I could grow and explore without the pressures of the social food chain.
OCA has had a positive impact on my study skills and overall academics. I have been challenged in just about every course I have taken, and I have learned how to be independent in my studies. I know that if I had attended a bricks-and-mortar school throughout high school, I would not be the student I am today. At OCA, I am not placed in a box that limits my imagination or academic interests.
I feel that OCA gives every student the chance to learn at his or her own pace. The teachers are wonderful and will do anything and everything in their power to make sure their students soar academically. During my junior year at OCA, one teacher helped me a lot through Honors Chemistry. Mr. Koester would take the time to stay on the phone with me for up to three hours, making sure I understood the topic I was studying. I am now a peer tutor for chemistry students. It is so rewarding for me to know that I learned something in a hard subject, and the fact that I now get to help other students understand and learn it feels even better. I am passionate about chemistry, and I am thinking about majoring in it. I know that without Mr. Koester making chemistry fun for me, I probably would not have even considered pursuing chemistry as a major. I have been accepted to Wittenberg University and Capital University. I plan to attend Wittenberg University.
An accomplishment I feel very proud of is being invited to compete for the Provost Scholarship at Wittenberg. It is one of the most competitive academic scholarships for incoming freshman at this university. I feel honored to have been chosen, and I know that Connections Academy has a lot to do with my success. My English teacher, Mr. Hickman, helped me write my personal statement for my application of admission to Wittenberg, and I know that without his advice, I probably would not have been chosen for the scholarship competition. I have grown a lot as a student in the five years that I attended OCA.”
I feel that OCA gives every student the chance to learn at his or her own pace. The teachers are wonderful and will do anything and everything in their power to make sure their students soar in their academics.