Friendless, alienated, lonely. These words describe thousands of students in our current education system. As a young child, my parents faced multiple financial issues which left our family no other choice but to periodically move from place to place. What did this mean to me? This meant going new school without the knowledge of whether I would find my niche in that school. To me, transferring to a new school was one of the most intimidating events that I have ever faced. Through these experiences, I have often felt secluded and out of place; however these events have molded me into the affable person that I am today. Second grade marked the beginning of my long and arduous journey. I went to Castaic Elementary School for Kindergarten and the first grade. In those tender years, I had many friends thus I was oblivious of the fact that others may have felt the impact of solitude. Because I was so unknowing, I was excited to hear I was going to move to Palmdale, California two months into the school year. To me at that point, a new school meant new people to play on the monkey bars with. I was extremely excited. After we had moved, I began attending Golden Poppy Elementary School. The moment I penetrated the classroom atmosphere for first time with sparkling eyes, I received many judgmental stares from the other students which obviously read “Oh...another one of those new kids”. The sparkle in my eyes turned to tears, the spark of joyness in my heart turned to chains, my enthusiasm turned to disappointment. The teacher unsuccessfully attempted to introduce me to a group of students who all seemed to know each other. The following two weeks felt as like years. No one wanted to accept me into his or her peer group. This was the day alienation had crashed into my life at full throttle. After expressing my afflictions to my parents, I eventually transferred to a school called Westside Christian School. The environment there was dramatically different. Deep within me, I could sense an aura of cordiality. From the first day Westside Christian, a plethora of students came up to greet me and make me feel at home. I felt accepted again. I felt home again. I would attend Westside for the rest of the second grade. Then again, at the end of the school year, my parents told me that we would move to Northridge, CA. I wanted to withdraw into a cocoon and seclude myself. However, this time I had a slight tingling in my bones that it would not be so bad. After we had moved, I began attending Andasol Elementary School. The transition had been fairly smooth. My closest friend at Andasol, Matthew, soon moved away. Solitude had crept upon me once more. Contrasting from the last time I felt unaccepted, I tried my best to fit into a different group of people and to some degree, I succeeded in doing so. I continued to attend Andasol until my parents told me at the end of 5th grade that we would move back to Castaic for middle school. After I began attending Castaic Middle, I once again faced many difficulties while attempting to adjust to this new school. Throughout my middle school years, with the help of the Lord, I was able to build a good reputation with my teachers and good relationships with many other students. By the end of the 8th grade, I was prepared to go to Valencia High School. I was glad to hear that all of my friends would go to Valencia High School as well. I had finished registering and all of my classes were set at the school. Mid-summer, my parents told me that they wanted me to advance in my musical career so they wanted me to go to West Ranch High School where there was an orchestra. At first I opposed because I had worked so hard at being accepted all for what? I was…
Why Students Should not Have to Take Standardized Tests
I don’t believe that high school students should have to pass a standardized test in order to receive a diploma. In my opinion it does not improve academic achievement but it worsens it. I have many valid reasons to support my opinion.
The first reason I believe that high school students should not have to pass a standardized test is because it keeps many good, smart students out of college. Some colleges require a certain…
means leaving a school or group for practical reasons, necessities, or disillusionment with the system from which the individual in question leaves.
Most commonly, dropping out refers to a student quitting school before he or she graduates or avoiding entering a university or college. It cannot always be ascertained that a student has dropped out, as he or she may stop attending without terminating enrollment. It is estimated 1.2 million students annually drop out of high school in the United States…
social life there are always those choice we are faced with that can change our lives forever. This occurrence happened to my brother in high school, no one noticed until further down the road but non the less he was still forced to conform to the society he was growing up in.
Growing up my big brother, Pat, was my hero. He was the all star on his high school state championship team, whose quarterback was Carson Palmer, and he seemed to be getting into immense shape. My brother was at the top of…
the leading candidate because of my thirst for success and my quality personality.
As a high school student, I was an athlete and competition fueled my drive and lust for success and recognition. My focus was always on winning and helping my team by any means possible. Although my strengths are unique compared to those of others, I believe that as a unique individual I should and could be a student of high value with nothing but hard work to contribute to this university. I was brought up and cultivated…
The Senior Itch—the incurable chaffing we all crave to scratch. The cure? Graduation. As we progress through our high school years growing with wisdom and maturity, we all yearn for freedom. Yet what we desire most is not always what is best for us. Although most won't want to admit it, extending our high school career to five years would make an important and beneficial impact on our future. With the four years that are currently provided, there is not enough time for motivated students to accomplish…
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High School Reflection Paper
Mosinee High School
Since I have been in high school for four years now, I have learned many things about life, education, and my future. During my time here at Mosinee High I have been involved in everything I wanted to be in. This has given me a great high school experience. I also believe working has given me as much of an experience as any sport or club I was in did. I have been working since I was 14 and have learned many real life skills that…
ation; they are put in private
schools since birth. Basically their whole life is planned out since the day they start
preschool. An example of this sort of person, would be someone such as Obama. He
had to basically start
developing his plans for going into the government at a very young
. Another example, would be doctors, because they have to start to develop their
skills and take classes starting in high school in order to prepare for med school. But,
they are also seen as very uptight…
Freshman year, I walked into school with my heart racing. It was my first day of high school, and I was as nervous as every other incoming freshmen. My only knowledge of high school up until that point was the horror stories I had been told by alumni. I envisioned walking down the hall and being stuffed into a locker or thrown into a garbage can or robbed of my lunch money, much like in the movies. Needless to say I was petrified.
These ideas dissolved quickly after I spent a few weeks at L-S. I…