By Jelani Meyer
Starting at a new school can be stressful, let alone high school. Having been in high school for half a year, I have learned that you’ll more than likely find your own friends and place.
When I arrived at Cesar Chavez, my first reaction was, “I will never fit in here,” just like probably every other incoming freshman and sophomore felt, whether they’d like to admit it or not. As I got more accustomed to the school, I found that it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Soon enough, it became easier to come to school every day.
Freshman Clayton Rivers agreed.
“Coming to Chavez was kinda easy for me, because I am a friendly person,” Rivers said.
In the beginning of the school year my family moved my cousin, freshman Tyquan Outlaw, and I to another school thinking it would be “safer” because we were closer to home. Outlaw similarly had initial doubts about Chavez.
“Before I went to Chavez I thought it was going to be a low performing school with a weak administration,” Outlaw said. “But when I got [to Chavez] I realized that the administration was very strict and that the school is not low performing.”
Upon arriving at our new school, both of us realized that we missed Chavez, this new school was just too much, and it’s easy to get lost in bigger schools. So after convincing our parents to put us back at Chavez, I was surprised about how easy it was to get adjusted back and how at the time when we left, we thought no one really knew us.
When we came back to Chavez, it seemed like everybody recognized we were gone. Then the aspect of “family” became an idea to me when it came to thinking about Chavez. Now in January the idea has become a reality. From what I’ve seen smaller schools give the students a chance to actually make friends with other students in other grades, and not get lost in the hectic nature bigger schools have.
“I made friends by being cool, calm, and collected,” Outlaw said. “And that’s why people respect me. I knew I had to be mature to survive at school.”