My name is Hannah Snow; I graduated from the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center in 2010. I then went on to Branford High School where I graduated with high honors in 2014. I am now a full-time student at Quinnipiac University majoring in Criminal Justice. While I am not in class or studying, I am also a full-time manager at Wendy’s.

None of this would have been possible without the fundamentals of my education beginning with CELC. My experience at CELC fueled my love for knowledge and the confidence in myself to leave my comfort zone and seize opportunities to fulfill my dreams. CELC provided me with the value and development of my own thoughts and ideas, as well as the respect of others’. This allowed me to connect and work well with other students and teachers to open up many doors for my future. Additionally, CELC allowed my work ethic and sense of responsibility to grow: you want something? Go get it. It’s yours. I now have the ability to manage my time, dedicate the effort into my work, and not to discourage myself from taking chances to further my knowledge and education. I am sure that had I experienced different methods of education I would not have graduated with high honors, I would not have been asked by Branford High School to speak in front of the student body and 50 veterans for Veteran’s Appreciation Day, I would not have the confidence to apply to my top school (that I am now attending) during the college application process, I wouldn’t have accepted a promotion at my job that meant more hours and responsibility, I would not be a defense attorney speaking in front of my class in mock trial, and I would not be attending criminal trials with the professor, a prosecutor in New Haven.

A glimpse of Hannah’s time while at CELC:

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