A Day at Pacific Life Program
My name is Emma, and I am a student at Pacific Life Program, more commonly known as PLP. I wake up at 7 in the morning on weekdays and at 7:30 on weekends. I am usually ready within 15 minutes, so before breakfast, I chat with my friends about what we are doing today in school or the day’s activities. We start breakfast half an hour after waking up. Out of the many breakfasts served here, my favorite is the oatmeal, there is just something about oatmeal that appeals to me.
What I do after breakfast depends on whether it is a weekday or a weekend. On the weekdays I go to school after breakfast, and on the weekends, I head outside with the rest of the girls, on Saturday to do PE and on Sunday to listen to music and play sports. In school I work on my classes online, my favorite is science, and chat with my teacher about things that I don’t understand, like English. On the weekdays we have activities sometimes after school in the morning, around 11, such as horse therapy or group therapy.
On the days that we don’t have special activities, we have PE and organized sports such as soccer or basketball. We also have days where we just play sports instead of doing instructed PE and one of the staff does drills with us to teach us the rules of the sport and some technique. When I got here, I had no idea how to play basketball but now I am proud to say that I am at least a mediocre player. After PE on the weekdays I eat lunch and then shower, and on the weekends following our morning activity, I shower before lunch.
My favorite lunch meal is definitely enchiladas, but I also enjoy the quesadillas and soup. On weekdays I return to school after my shower or sometimes go to therapy until free time in the afternoon. My therapist is great! On Saturdays, we have music therapy after lunch and then go to school for a couple of hours before free time, and on Sundays, we have free time after lunch. During free time I usually either spend time with my friends, journal or run. I discovered while I was here that running is a very good emotional stabilizer for me, and rather fun too.
After free time every day is dinner. My father likes to say that I didn’t come to PLP for the food, and for the most part I agree with him, but mole does rank up there with a select group of meals that I quite enjoy. Following dinner all of the students here head to the auditorium to watch a movie and eat snacks, the honorary dessert of PLP. Snacks are only given out on a few days of the week and they include all of the junk food, or health food, that our parents send us; they are earned, and there is not a student here who I know of who doesn't work to earn them.
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At 7:20 my day comes to a close when I return to my room. I get ready for bed and settle down to read until the lights go out at half past 8. So that is my day, from start to end, excluding, of course, the major holidays and special days when our parents come to visit us.
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A Day at PLP
My name is Emma, and I am a student at Pacific Life Program, more commonly known as PLP. I wake up at 7 in the morning on weekdays and at 7:30 on weekends. I am usually ready within 15 minutes, so before...