Why Animas? Animas because of a fresh start, new beginning. My whole life I've been labeled. Either as the girl with the wrecked home life, the addict, or the girl in recovery. I originally grew up in Telluride Colorado and lived there my whole life, which has a label of its own. I've never liked labeling things, whether it be a relationship, a breakup, or a friendship. Mostly because as soon as you label something you have an expectation of it. Throughout my whole school experience at Telluride I couldn't find my way out of labels. No one ever dug deeper than what they saw on the surface. January of 2022 I had a mental health crisis and got in too much trouble. Then I was labeled as the criminal, the worst label of all. January 20th through April 22nd I spent locked away in Utah at a mental health treatment facility. That's when the idea of Animas came up. We waited months on a list to see if Animas was the right place for me. I ended up moving here with my dad who I hadn't lived with since I was 7. I got to redefine myself because I don't believe in labels. I refuse to put someone, including myself, in a box and never explore more than what I see on the surface. Sure Animas might look a little rough but the inside is what matters and I can see the potential in myself here. A fresh start.