Milton Hershey School Lifer Shares the Skills and Relationships She’s Gained
Milton Hershey School has had more than 600 alumni enroll in either kindergarten or first grade—or sometimes even earlier. At MHS, these students earn the distinction of being a “lifer” once they complete their 12 years of schooling and graduate. This year, we sat down with several of the 26 MHS lifers and asked them to share their journeys to Commencement.
What is the greatest skill you have learned at MHS?
During my time at MHS, I’ve learned the importance of taking responsibility for my actions and my future and having a strong work ethic. My support system at the school has helped me stay motivated and become an independent young adult. I’m confident that I’ll succeed after I graduate from MHS because I have these skills and can continue to rely on my support system when I need them.
What will you miss most about MHS?
I will miss my strong and important relationships with staff and students. I have gained so many positive relationships with people that I would never have expected to grow close to. I know that these relationships will continue after graduation, but I’ll miss being able to see these people every day. I know that this community will always be here for me, no matter what.
What are you most looking forward to after graduation?
After graduation I’m excited to join the workforce and be able to use the skills I’ve learned at MHS. From learning how to be independent and use my resilience to the best of my ability, to learning how to live with others, I’m confident I’ll experience success. I was able to take part in a cooperative experience my senior year that is going to help me in my career.
Who were your favorite houseparents?
My favorite houseparents were Mr. and Mrs. Yoder in high school because they supported me and were always there for me. I don’t know who I would be without them and the way that they empowered me to do my best and work hard at everything I do.