Personally, I was young when I went through my relationship. I was in high school and college, and the only kind of network I had to rely on was myself and my friends, and then I ended up going to a therapist, which was really helpful. So, I think having a place like Day One, where people can come and it’s specifically targeted to young adults is very important.
Day One helped me to build better relationships with people, and to learn how to communicate better. Instead of ignoring problems when I’m having them, I can deal with them within myself, and I have also come to realize that it’s not always just me. There’s always someone that can assist you with what you’re going through.
If everybody’s informed, then there would be less bigotry and stuff like that. Plus, if they get involved, then you can involve other students, like how I got involved because of my friends. At first, they were not super interested to join the conversation, but by the time we left they were excited about it. I just want Day One to involve a lot more people and grow as an organization. The more information that other students have, the better it will be.
I found out about Day One from the RAPP coordinator, Syd. So I went, and I’ve been having a blast talking about every kind of topic that normally people don’t really talk about. I never really talked about abusive relationships. I feel like this summer, my friends have been like, “Whoa, Klevisa, you’re changing, you’re becoming mature.” Now, I give advice to people.
I learned about Day One when I was going through some stuff. It’s a very open space, and everyone is different, so you can learn different things. Day One helped me figure out what I want to do, because before, I struggled with the idea of not wanting to go to college or anything. But everyone at Day One is so supportive.