My name is Nathaniel and I have been a part of the ForeverU family since 2018 following my first summer camp after my junior year in high school. I remember it was the second year they were hosting their summer camp at Trinity Christian College. I had been considering attending Trinity at that time and thought it would be an amazing way to spend a week on the campus, while also using that time to figure out where I wanted to go next in life. But it turned out to be so much more than that! I met the amazing people that were part of ForeverU that week and it truly changed my life for the better. They welcomed me into a supportive community and made me feel like I was one of their own. Amazing people like Ryan, who I got to know personally, helped me feel engaged with the organization even though I lived an hour north from most of the students.
From the different program activities I participated in, ForeverU taught me to be me. Each of the program experiences were powerful and they changed my life. I went into that week scared and feeling alone and I came out feeling empowered, like I could take on the whole world.
In fact, a purpose statement that I wrote at one of ForeverU’s camps still hangs on my wall as an encouragement to keep going. I still remember the reflection night from that particular camp, all of us sitting together and reading our purpose statements by candlelight. How powerful it was to watch people who I had barely known a week before, care so much for me!
But that was not the only part of ForeverU that I have kept with me to this day. ForeverU was also where I learned how to journal effectively. In fact, I filled up 20 full pages just from one of the camps I attended! I was able to find my own unique style that suited me, and I use it to this day.
I would 150% recommend ForeverU to anyone who really wants to see their life changed. I went from not being able to talk in front of people, to loving every bit of it. The community that surrounds this place is authentic. Everything about Ryan and his wonderful organization has changed my life for the better and I would totally go back and tell all my friends about it.
To wrap this up, ForeverU was a life-changing experience that cracked my shell and showed me that I can be loved and cared for by others who started out as strangers and ended up my friends. ForeverU showed me that I don’t have to take things on by myself – I can rely on others to help me through my tough times. I no longer worry about what tomorrow brings because I know I have people who have my back. I now feel free to be myself, someone who I was afraid to show for all these years. To those who believe in our work or financially support our mission, thank you for helping me to find me and to keep being me through this amazing organization.