Ombudsman Student Stories: In Their Own Words with Jake Gerner

Date: March 29, 2010

Jake is a freshman at the Walnut Grove Ombudsman center in Omaha, Neb.

As a freshman at Millard West High School in Omaha, Neb., Jake Gerner had trouble focusing during lectures and started to fall behind in his classes. His grades began to drop and he got discouraged, feeling that he would never catch up. Along the way, he lost his drive to complete his work and make good grades. When he started attending Ombudsman, the structure and philosophy helped him improve his grades and work toward an on-time graduation. In his own words, Jake writes about why Ombudsman works for him:

“When I first was told I had to come to this place called Ombudsman, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Nearing my last week here, I’ve realized a few things that Ombudsman has helped me with so much. One is that it’s helped me come to realize I can get the good grades that are needed to graduate, and that I can accomplish something if I focus, and work hard at it. Also, it helped me realize that people still want to help you in any way possible no matter what kind of trouble you’ve gotten into, such as the teachers here. And lastly, it’s made me feel more accomplished then I ever have.

Here at Ombudsman I have my own desk, and computer and I am given my assignments on a worksheet in an organized manner. This helps me go at my own pace, and also helps me keep focused doing one simple assignment after another. Also there are no distractions, and the lectures and teachings on the subject are on the computer for me to read, rather than listen to.

If I read it and look over it a couple times, it helps me to understand the concepts.

I’ve come to realize that I can make it now…with a little extra help from four extra helpful teachers at a place with few distractions, and a positive work environment.”

You can read Jake’s essay in its entirety here.


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