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When I was born, the doctors didn't think I'd live long, but they were dedicated to doing everything they could. So a helicopter flew my father and I to the nearest children's hospital for intensive care. I survived and was branded a "miracle." Later, when I was eight, I had a seizure that lasted nearly two hours, but I woke up. I continued living. Now I bear the title "seizure disorder." When I was 12 I acknowledged my attraction to boys and girls and learned what bisexual m...
School is a very life changing place, especially your middle and high school years. There are tons of emotions and words to describe everyone's school experience and absolutely no one's experience of school is exactly the same. With our bodies, our minds grow and we start to become more and more independent until one day we no longer need school, but for now we are "stuck" or "trapped" in this place in time and this grade that is for now a part of who we are whether we like i...
As a child, I moved around a lot because of my father’s work. Four months after I was born, my family moved from Berkeley, California to the Los Angeles area. Five years later I moved to Japan, and three years after that I moved to New York. I also lived temporarily in Hawaii for several months. Due partly to these relocations, I have attended ten different schools so far in my life and am quite familiar with being the “new kid” at a school. Although I have lived in New ...
I remember the very day it started. The sun was beating down on me with all its strength. The weatherman on the news that morning had said it was ninety-eight degrees outside; I thought it felt a lot more like ninety-eight thousand. The entire sixth grade was packed into the dark, school auditorium like sardines in a can. The only thing keeping us sane was the fact that the school auditorium was air-conditioned. I'd gotten stuck sitting next to Alex M, who had never learn...
I watched the moon fade away last night. It made me want to cry for some unknown reason. The moon was making it's journey far away to the other side of the world. Where millions, let alone billions of people would be going to sleep under it's light. It slowly faded, it's orange colors left the sky. Yet I look up at the stars and they look so lonely, yet so together in a way. They are all apart of the same sky, but look so alone as individuals. It reminds me of people. We all ...
I could feel myself drowning in an ocean of unfamiliar faces as I heavily crept towards an endless corridor with countless doorways leading to innumerable classrooms. The faces scrambled past my uncertain body, which felt as though it would simply crumble beneath me.It was then, at the moment which my weak body threatened to give way, that I realized that never before had I felt such absolute fear.In the moments I had spent contemplating which corridor would lead to the c...
If anyone were to ask the graduating elementary class of 2009 about their most precious memories of fifth grade, it would undoubtedly be about Mr. Chubs. That soft, velvety, dark purple dinosaur was a holy figure at our school. This doll would sit atop the librarian’s desk with its adorable smile and receive the endless love from the children every morning. Even we tough, mature fifth graders, the top dogs of the school, had permanent soft spots for the squishy plushi...
Everyone except the vegetarians let out a cheer. It was the time most of us had waited for, and the nine months of anticipation had finally ended. The trays were rolled out into the room, and the excitement was palpable as each of our tables was served a pig. A surprisingly-not-so-pink-but-gray creature lay right on our desks, its eyes closed and tongue sticking out. Upon closer examination, I could also see the hairs sprouting from the leathery skin.“I didn’t even kn...
School Daze: Blindness When I think of school I think of students. When I think of students I think of cliques. When I think of cliques I think of rate. Then I rate – the popular from the loser, the pretty from the ugly, and the intelligent from the unintelligent. There’s no confession needed to know that we all do it - if not, that we all have. That’s only because the weak puppets we are, we are blinded by the crowd that controls us, yet we yearn to foll...
As a kid, I had Selective Mutism, meaning that I couldn’t speak to adults outside of my immediate family. My parents knew that I would need a special classroom environment as I entered first grade because talking was important to the curriculum. After all, I had to learn to read. Knowing this, my parents went to school that summer and specifically requested I had a teacher (whose name I will change here for integrity reasons) named Mrs. Roland. Mrs. Roland was my sister’s t...
Mark Twain once said:”Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." Nowhere is this more accurate than in school. A lot of teens consider school a dark and cruel place completely lacking in happiness or kindness. Personally, I think it’s what you make it. Some people choose the wrong group of people and get into trouble; others take the right path and make school an enjoyable place for themselves and others. I value that second group of people...
Hello me ek collage student hu.Vaise to kahte he ki collage life sabse achi hoti he but I miss my school life very much .school ke dino me uniform me jana, do choti bnana, ribbon lagana, white socks black shoes aur wo pure school ka ek sath prayer karna us time bda boring lagta tha.lekin aaj unhi sab ko collage me aakar bahut miss karti hu.yaad he wo time jab mummy lunch time ke liye tiffin bna kar deti thi aur frnds me usi tiffin ke mango pickle ke liye jagda hota tha.inhi s...
School had stood for months in the back of my mind; lurking conspicuously over the sticky edge of August. I’d checked off my calendar; columns and rows of inked x’s, but still can’t explain how June melted into autumn. Fall arrived bearing school supplies; an array of colored pencils and sharpened points of lead, the intoxicatingly chemical smell of Sharpie markers: such was the stuff of September. It was pages of books crisp like the post-summer air, the shavings of pencil t...
Michael Gerchow The quite possibly worst learning experience I’ve ever had was middle school Math, I will admit that I’ve never been the best when the bell rings and I have to head to my math class, but our teacher had pretty much just walked out of college and into my classroom, this left her with little to none teaching experience, and middle school is when math becomes crucial. The first few weeks of class were alright, it was just another class, but soon it was undeniabl...
School Daze: Desperation Breeds Success with Chicken Fried-Rice “I would like to place an order for chicken fried-rice,” I demanded to the lady on the other end of the phone. This was the third place I had called to get Chinese delivered, and I was hoping this would be that perfect ‘third times the charm’ as the other two places had shot me down. The lady ruined that hope when she spoke the words I dreaded most at that time, “We cannot deliver to that location.” With those...
Chris NelmsMrs. AllenCreative Writing 2ndAugust 27 2014 Remember back in the Good Old Days were we got to play on the playground. Well in our class we had war on the playground. We would throw rocks at each other. We would use sticks like they war machine guns. It was all fun and games until someone got hit in the eye. Scratch that it was still fun until we got yelled at by Mrs. Nickels our fifth grade teacher. She was the meanest sheriff in town. If we wer...
“You’re Beautiful” Everyone has their own story of how they completely embarrassed themselves in school, whether it is with a girl, teacher, or group of friends. People often make these embarrassing situations much worse than they need to be. My embarrassing moment happened in front of my entire school during our weekly mass. However, while most people would have been embarrassed to do what I did, I embraced it and had fun doing it. I went to a Catholic...
I remember walking in and sniffing the air. It smelt like fresh Lysol wipes. Walking through the cold painted brick and metal hallway. I was thinking to myself “Wow, this is really happening.” I was happy because this school is my future. New friends and new teachers I’m going to irritate with questions. I was also sad because everything I knew, I left behind. No goodbye to my friends and teachers. I shake myself out of my thought and scold myself because that’s not a ...
Will WallaceAllenCW28 August 20142nd Grade Caterpillar Project The caterpillar life cycle! We had all heard rumors about it from the previous class and it was finally here! Getting that little million legged pet was life changing for us second graders. The caterpillars were kept in little plastic cups with food in the bottom of the container. I remember ignoring whatever was going on in class to watch the tiny creature explore his new world. To me the caterpillar was on ...
When I moved from my old school, Hughesville to my new school, Otterville, I was kind of shocked how a school could be so small. Hughesville was three times bigger than Otterville so I thought to myself, I got this. It can’t be any harder than my old school. But my, how wrong I was. On my first day of school, it started out ok. I came into class and met my teacher and my classmates. Some of the girls took me down the halls and showed me all the classrooms an...
I remember my first day of high school like it was only yesterday. Excitement coursed through me as I threw on my uniform and got ready for school As we approached the campus, I took a look around. There were other freshman, like me, getting off of school busses in packs. They looked just a excited as I was about starting high school. There were also sophomores, juniors, and seniors walking from the parking lot who looked a lot less excited. I remember how cool I thought the ...
During fall break of junior year, my mom, my brother, and I all took a trip to New York. Although I’ve already been to the Big Apple one previous time before this trip, I was still very excited and anxious to get on that plane. However, before I left to the airport, I had a few assignments to take care of at school before I left, because the night I was set to leave, was the last night before the end of the semester. This meant that I had one more day of final testing th...
Ahren Ah Chong8-20-14Period 5School Daze: Trip to New York Boarding the plane, I had so many thoughts running through my mind about this strange new place Iʻve only seen on TV. All these thoughts were soon quieted however due to the boredom and discomfort I had to endure during the eight-hour non stop flight to the Big Apple. After what seemed like years, the plane finally touched ground, but into a whole different environment. Being from Hawaiʻi, I was not used to t...
Junior year consisted of one event that I will never forget, Greek Day. Greek day is when every English class becomes one team, and competes against the other English classes. In English we learn about the history and culture of the Greek people and each class represents a city, state. For about two months each class coordinates a dance that represents the Greek culture, a banner that represents there city, state, and choose representatives from each class to come forward and...
School Daze: High School in a Nutshell From the day that eighth grade was over I knew I had a big change in-store for me in two months when after my summer break was over I would be a freshman in high school. I had so many thoughts running through my mind from excitement to fear I had no idea what to expect. I kept thinking to myself, is it going to be harder? Am I going to fail? Will I have any friends? With all these thoughts contemplating in my head my first day of high...
Being the new kid sucks. I have attended a different school each year through out intermediate. Moving from place to place has both its ups and its downs, but when you’re a kid they’re mostly downs. My mom would always tell me to find the positive things to everything, but I could never find anything positive about leaving my family behind and moving to a new place. When I got accepted into Kamehameha Kapalama for my 7th grade year, I had to leave everything behind; my bed, ...
Memories Coming into a new school was very tough for me. I had limited amount of friends and limited amount of knowledge. The first day starting not knowing where to go or what to do, I was completely lost. I thought it would be the most nervous day of my life but I was wrong. The first day on the campus everyone made you feel accepted and loved. I started school with limited amount of friends but after the first week I created lots of friends. I have to say high school has ...
First day of high school was the worst. Not only because I was recognized for being a freshman but I had nowhere to hang out. I seen where the other freshman was hanging out so I thought that would be a good place to hang out with my friends. But where they were hanging out was too loud and too crowded. So I told my friends we need some place new to hang out. So my friends and I roamed the school for somewhere to hang out and the first place we went to was the library. It wa...
It all started on a summer day, getting up early to check the mail to see if I got accepted to Kamehameha. I didn’t want to come to this school because of the strict rules I heard about this school. When I got the letter I opened it immediately to see if I got accepted. First word I saw was “Congratulations!” then I knew I would be attending Kamehameha. I was scared of coming to a new school and having barely any friends. I heard about the dress code and I was not happy abo...
When we are younger, we look forward to going to school. We look forward to having homework because we have nothing to do at home. We do the same thing everyday; which is no fun. We look forward to making new friends and new relationships. We picture school as a place where you can socialize and have a great time but you learn. Learning is a different definition of what we think it actually is. School is a place where you learn simple things in life such as math, reading, and...

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