Around one year ago, I was attending a public school. I dreaded getting up each day and going to a school that I absolutely hated, because of all the drama, and bad schooling program. I had recently become an Adventist and had heard about Wisconsin Academy through my church. I never really knew much about W.A. because I didn’t know anyone from my church that had gone there; everyone just went to public school for high school. As my school year dragged on I started seeing more things about WA, and then one day I told myself, “Okay let’s look this up on the Internet.” As soon as I saw the website and saw how nice it would be to attend W.A. I started begging my parents to let me go. My parents initial reaction was “Are you crazy? We’re not going to send you one hundred miles away to a boarding school!” I asked my parents for months and months and kept praying that God would let my parents see how good it would be for me to go to W.A.
A few months later I found out that a girl from my church, whose family just happened to be my parent’s best friends, was going to be going to Wisconsin Academy. After that my parents decided to look into it and decided that they would take me down to visit, just so they could see what it was like. As soon as my mom and I got there we fell in love with the place and realized we just had to convince my dad, which everyone knew was not going to be an easy task. My mom and I had decided to pray that God would help my dad see how much I needed to go to W.A.
The summer had started and I knew it was only a few more months until my chance to go to W.A. was over. My dad told my mother that they would tell me before my birthday, which was July 27th, if I was going or not. When I heard this I knew I had to be patient or I definitely wouldn’t be going. Then one day when I was in the car with my mom she said, “Don’t tell your Dad I told you, but you’re going to the Academy!” After that everything seemed to fall into place. My parents were sad that I would be leaving but knew it was going to be a good thing for me.
Now that I’m almost done with my first year at Wisconsin Academy, I can say with all my heart that I was meant to come here. This school has changed me in the most positive ways, and I have learned to depend on God to get me through everything, even when I’m in doubt.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
~ Marissa Johnson, Class of 2015