“I often ask myself, who would I be if I never came to Chinquapin? However, I can never come up with an answer. I have been at Chinquapin for seven years now, and with each year, I have learned more about myself and who I want to be. Because Chinquapin has been a part of me for so long, I can’t imagine the transformation I would’ve undergone had I attended another institution. I can say with certainty, however, that Chinquapin has allowed for me to become the best version of myself. Through its small community, Chinquapin has provided me with the comfort to interact with any group of people. Through its judge-free environment, Chinquapin has taught me how to voice my opinions. Through its challenging academic work, Chinquapin has bestowed on me the ability to think critically. Most importantly, through my classmates, Chinquapin has shown me compassion and the importance of family. Thank you Chinquapin, for providing me a safe place to mature into who I am. I will carry the lessons I’ve learned here at Chinquapin for the rest of my life.”
– Jose Castillo, Class of 2019
“As I took my first step onto the Chinquapin campus I fell in love; it was as if my perspective of the world had changed. I became less focused on negatives, my home life, and started composing the opportunities that I would take advantage of at Chinquapin…from that moment I knew that I would be comfortable with living on a campus – in the seventh grade – where my peers praised and supported me despite the circumstance. It also presented me with the idea that these people were like me: charismatic, gregarious, and good-natured. Chinquapin strives to push students to their highest potential, creating the perfect template to embody the outline of a college campus. At Chinquapin, I was able to open up and be myself without the worry of judgement because everyone was caring towards one another, we were a family. We are a family.”
– Keiddrick Fizer, Class of 2020
“Being here, at Chinquapin has been something I would never change for anything in the world. All of the genuine relationships I’ve built here, I know will last a million years. All of the people here have each left an impact on me. Everyone empowered me, both, as a student and as a young woman. They accepted me for who I was. And they made me proud to be who I am. I will forever cherish all of the loving memories I have made here.
Thank you, Chinquapin and to everyone who guided me, gave me a hug, and taught me all I know.”
-Estefania Torres, Class of 2019