Topic: Overall Experience
"It really isn't fair to ask a high school student what they think about their high school experience. A high school student's knowledge on high school is very limited, based solely on just that one high school on its own. Obviously the school is not built solely on its teaching staff and its school activities, but also the people whom the student interacts with. Take me for example, a common, average junior at Tottenville High School and take a common, average junior at Wagner High School, a high school nearby. Both of us could have the same opinion about our school, and say it's the best, and that we love it, or we could be polar opposites and say otherwise. However, the difference between the junior at Wagner High School and I is that we did go to different schools, and we did have different experiences. But how do I know that I would have been better at Wagner? Perhaps I was cut out for a school like Staten Island Technical High School, but how would I know? High school is only so long, we don't get to experience it many times over. Chipotle is considered a great restaurant by many, and some would go as far as saying it's their favorite, but is that FACT? No. I personally hate Chipotle; I'm not much of a fan of beans and dip, to be honest. Or perhaps it's because I haven't tried anything else on their menu, who knows? Yes, I am indeed comparing my high school experience to the beans and dip at Chipotle. School dances, the musical, clubs, a hodgepodge of events, really, you'll find something different from every kid at any high school, but we'll all have one thing in common: it was our high school experience and completely different from anyone else's and that we wouldn't trade it for anyone else's. I think that I can speak for us all when I say that. When I first started going to Tottenville High School, I was miserable, but as time went on I felt myself growing closer to the people I would soon call my friends and loving every minute of my high school experience"
"The teachers at my school are the kindest, hardest working people that I know. I can name more than a few instances where teachers have gone above and beyond for their students, including myself. Currently, my AP English teacher has become the advisor of the club that I have started and he is not being paid to help me and the members of my club; no, he is doing it purely out of goodwill. If that isn't admirable enough on its own, I couldn't tell you what is. Last year, sophomore year, I had another English teacher who went above and beyond. She often provided students with materials and at the school she had taught at before mine, she even went as far as buying the poor children toothbrushes and notebooks every year. She was truly an outstanding human being, I wish I would have taken the opportunity to have told her so more often. I don't think that teachers get enough credit as human beings nowadays. Teachers go above and beyond at this school to make the children feel comfortable, and to make sure we succeed, and I couldn't ask for anything better."