BY Rayne Wilcox
Before I came to Start High School, I went to a small charter school that consisted of about 250 students. That included all the grades, K-12 called Lake Erie Academy. It was a very small building, so coming to Start was a very big change.
The first reason for my switch to Start, was mainly because I wanted to go to a big high school and experience the football games, dances, pep rallies, and the curricular activities that the high schools consists of.
Since Lake Erie was a small school, they didn’t hold many of these activities. They tried, but students didn’t have school spirit to have them. I started getting upset, because I really wanted to experience these things. I loved Lake Erie, but I had to do what my heart desired.
Making the switch to Start was a huge change. I went from going to class in less than six seconds, to waiting in line for my lunch for 20 minutes.
If you are thinking about making a switch from a charter school to a bigger school like Start, but you are afraid too, don’t be.
I am the shyest person that you would ever meet, but it was one of the best decisions I have personally ever made. It opened me up and I found myself. You will find your own group of friends that enjoy the same music and activities that you enjoy.
Some advice that I can give you is to never forget what your morals are. Going to a bigger school with a lot of different personalities, can change you. Do not change yourself to fit in with others, stay true to you and I promise things will be okay in the end. Being yourself is way better than being someone else.
If the first few days of your switch doesn’t go the way you planned, do not panic. You have 365 more days to get the feel of your new surroundings.
I wish you luck and if you have any questions, or if you just need a friend, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org