Marissa Disbrow, Hanover College, Spring 2012. I never thought I could survive in a city let alone Philadelphia. I am a country girl who loves everything there is about the country and hates everything there is about a city. This all changed when I came to Philadelphia. I discovered that I could not only survive, but thrive.
I came to Philadelphia because I knew it would provide me with the opportunity for an amazing internship and independent living. However, even though I knew I would have a chance to experience these things, I did not know that it would teach me about myself and give me a chance to find who I really am.
Through my internship at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center I was able to find what I really wanted to accomplish with my life. I found that working with children who have been abused and neglected is stressful, yet very rewarding. I saw the children go through hard times and smile at the end of the day. Their smiles brightened mine infinitely more each and every day. This opportunity would not have been possible for me if I stayed in my comfort zone back in Indiana.
The city living aspect of The Philadelphia Center showed me that the city is not a big bad place that would swallow me up. The first week (the housing process) was very challenging and difficult at times. After going through the process, however, I now feel 100% more comfortable about finding a place to live and signing a lease. Philadelphia gave me the chance to explore who I was and that I could be someone other than the shy person I “knew” myself to be.
There is a place for everyone here at The Philadelphia Center. Shy or out-going, you’re all welcomed. Take the chance and go for it. You will survive and thrive.