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Student from New Hampshire Finds Opportunities at Milton Hershey School

By Brianna Davis, 11th grade

I was homeless before Milton Hershey School. My mom and I were living out of a hotel room. I had little motivation for school and didn’t have the proper opportunities to succeed.

One day, my school guidance counselor in Dover, New Hampshire, recommended that my family look into MHS. We visited in the winter of 2015 and in 2016, I enrolled. I was in seventh grade and Hershey, Pennsylvania, was foreign to me. I knew that this decision was going to change my life forever.

MHS provides many opportunities to learn. I now play piano and never would have had the resources to learn this new hobby at home.

MHS student home finds opportunities at MHS

My favorite part about MHS is the Career and Technical Education program. We learn about career opportunities and have the chance to gain industry experience before we graduate. My favorite pathway, thus far, has been the Law, Public Safety, and Security program.

My advice for future students is to keep yourself busy. Get involved and develop a daily routine. It is not easy being so far away from home, but when you’re busy, it is easier to adjust. Home is still there when you need it, and you have the opportunity to go home over breaks to visit with family and friends.

Student home with future in focus sign

I now see a future for myself and want to attend a four-year university after graduation to pursue a career in financial management.

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