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Transferring as a senior can be tough

By Trana Addel

Usually when students begin their senior year, they are pretty comfortable with their surroundings. However, if you start your senior year at a new school and a new environment, it can be intimidating.

I am a senior and this is my first year at Alameda High; I transferred from a private school. My previous school had 21 students, and in my class, there were six or seven students. Now that I have come to this school, I see that it is a huge difference.

We had one-on-one attention at my old school, and that is what I am used to. AHS is good when it come to teachers, but the student-to-teacher ratio is a little off. There are a lot of students and only one teacher. There is some assistance here and there, but it’s not enough to make me focused on what the teacher is saying and most importantly, teaching.

Comparing the two different schools is not possible. They are just so different, but not necessarily in a bad way.

It was really hard for me socially because when people start their senior year, they usually have a group of friends or a ‘clique’ to hang out with–the people they grew up with, the people that they went to elementary and junior high with. The students have this kind of excitement when their senior year starts, and they treat each other like family.

At my previous school, that’s exactly what I felt. It was like going to school with my family. When I came to Alameda High, I felt out of place. I felt like I didn’t belong. I didn’t know how to act like the students to fit in and make good friends.

After a month of going to Alameda High School, I started to get used to the students, the teachers and also the academics. I made some new friends who are nice and good hearted people.

It’s been about seven weeks since this new school year has started, and I think I’m doing fine for the most part. I just had problems on the first couple of weeks; it was a stressful surreal blur.

If I were on the other side of this problem and if I saw a new face around the school, I would try to make them feel welcomed  and comfortable. I know my senior year will be all right, but if I had to change one thing, I would have wanted someone there for me during the first week of school. 

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