Julianna quickly made friends and found a positive connection as a fourth grade citizen at MicroSociety Academy Charter School. She persevered through typical challenges with friends and academics using the support of teachers and the school counselor, Mrs. Dagianis. As a sixth grader at MACS, Julianna found herself hanging out with a group of students who consistently presented unkind behaviors to staff and students and were constantly off task and in the office. As the school year came to an end, Julianna sought the guidance of our school counselor as she was coming to a new level of awareness. She had noticed a possible connection between her not feeling proud and positive like she had in the past, and the group she was choosing to be with. Mrs. Dagianis always encourages students to embrace their mistakes or what’s not working as an opportunity to learn and get back to authoring the story they want. Although not immediately, this message began to resonate with Julianna and she felt empowered to design a better way of being here at MACS.