Story of a CELP applicant

This year’s CELP students were asked to respond in writing to an applicant considering the program.  Here’s what they said….

The question: What would you say to someone who was uncertain about committing to CELP and who was particularly concerned about maintaining friendships with those outside CELP?

“When I first came to CELP I was really nervous and didn’t know anyone very well. After only a month or so of CELP I already felt like we were a big family. I wouldn’t let anything stop you from joining CELP because it’s really a once in a lifetime experience and I know that I got an awful lot out of it. It really isn’t like regular school where some people are out of the loop because I know I didn’t hang out with any of these people before CELP and now everyone is really good friends. It’s so different than a normal classroom because you spend so much time together.”

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“My three best friends did not get into CELP. I did (and I thought it sucked) and I was so wrong. CELP means more than anything to me now. I will love it forever (more than my best friends can know)”.

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“If I didn’t go into CELP, I would have regretted it for life. Be thankful that you were accepted and that you have this once in a lifetime opportunity. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have close friends in CELP because you will become a family. You will be part of a CELP family. If you are worried about not seeing your friends, don’t worry about that at all! You still have the weekends and after school. You won’t lose friends, you will gain many more super close friends. I love my CELP family, and  I am sure you will love yours.”

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“CELP is probably the best experience you will ever have. You meet many new people and create amazing friendships. It is truly an amazing experience that I would never give up. It is fun to meet new people and get close to people you never thought you would. CELP is awesome! CELP is not like a once-in-a-lifetime- experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. P.S. If the honour is presented to you, not only take it, but hold on to it tightly.”

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 “I really think that if you were to give CELP a try, you would be amazed how awesome it is to be a part of such an amazing group. If you take a risk, I think that you will really enjoy yourself. Going into CELP I was very nervous because everyone in else in the group were either from Harriston or Drayton and had gone to school with another person for a longer than a year. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in anywhere, but after being pushed so much, it doesn’t matter anymore, we’re all one.”

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“Coming into CELP there were people I was close with and some I thought I would never talk to but after the first week that all went away and we were with everyone. By the end everyone is so close and you end up becoming close friends with unexpected people.”