Jun 30, 2015 / We the People
By Ryan Crosby, Student at Mojave High School
“I thank We the People Program for saving my life and finding friendships,” said Ryan Crosby, a student on the Mojave High School We the People team.
During the 2013-2014, I attended Sunrise Mountain High School. While at Sunrise, I made lifetime friends who I relied on for emotional and educational support. However, during my junior year, my parents were approved for a home loan. Therefore, I had to change schools.
At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, I began at Mojave High school. Initially, I had no friends and only one or two acquaintances. My parents and siblings were occupied with college, work and their social situations and I felt alone. I felt like I was the only person in my house that was affected by the move. At first, I gave Mojave a chance and tried to make new friends, but I could not make the same connections. I stopped doing classwork and homework and I stopped talking to students, teachers and staff. As the months went on I was at a level of minor depression, I felt like my life was nothing, and nothing mattered. I remember walking down the halls of school wondering why everyone is happy except for me. I gave up on my life dream of becoming a businessman and being successful. Finally, I started seeing professional help because I took a mental exam, and was declared suicidal.
After two weeks of seeing someone, I started this long-term group project in my government class called “We the People.” In We the People the students in class were divided into six different groups, and students have to become “masters” on whichever unit they were assigned. My teacher, Mr. Averill Kelley, believed I was smart enough to put me in the hardest unit. This difficult unit was number 6, which covers the topic of citizenship. At first, I was the same depressed kid who was not doing work and was letting the group down. Eventually, the group forged a connection of care and friendship. As time went on I began to do a little work, which lead to my group relying on me for small things. I started doing more and more work, staying up late and actually connected personally with group members. I got to the point where I stopped seeing the world in the negative way. By the day of the competition, I was so connected with my group, and the other groups, that I felt like I could do or say anything to anyone with confidence. My life completely flipped around from the beginning of the school year. I finally found the motivation to do work in school, and I can feel my dreams returning to me. I plan to graduate from Mojave with the Class of 2015 and attend college to pursue my business degree next fall.