At the end of the Semester Off experience, students are asked to evaluate frankly their overall experience, the quality of each of the components of our curriculum, and their relationships with our staff. Our students are aware that we only read these after they have left on the final day, so they may feel safe saying whatever is on their mind. Below is a sampling of student responses. Below these are parent reflections collected over a number of semesters.
I am really impressed with Semester Off, and after going through it, I hope that the program grows and that its framework transcends to other places.
Semester Off is a program that ignites the natural spark that a person already knew was there. It doesn’t just help people get better, it encourages them to pursue a way of life that they want to live. It gives people strength when they feel that they have none. It’s a space that feels completely organic, stripping away a distancing feeling of bureaucracy that so many other facilities have. All of this boils down to a place that resembles the training ground for life, and by the end, students should feel capable of making their own decisions and acting upon them (Yes, you can quote me if you want).
So, I just wanted to thank you guys for doing the thing that I came in here convinced was impossible.
She greatly motivated me to stay physical and was an excellent representation of how someone can face adversity and still find happiness and success.
The program is not just going to “fix” your teenagers issues spontaneously, but I will commend Dr Goldberg and his staff for going above and beyond what is necessary to communicate what was happening during the program and what the best next steps could/would be. Sometimes it’s hard to know what will work and to know it will always be a work in progress for these young adults.
Hope was another essential ingredient, along with the coming at the kid’s issue from all angles. I would recommend the program to any family with a teenager struggling to find their way in this complex world we live in today.