All I wished for was to be back at my old school. When I walked through the doors of my new school, I was immediately scared. There were so many emotions going through mind, and I didn’t know what to expect. I was so ready to not give my new school a chance, but I saw other kids that were nervous because for some it was their first day of middle school. I worried for no reason because I met several friends and realized that I liked my new school better than my old school.
In addition, the students had well-organized binders which allowed them to find what they were looking for fairly quickly. Since the students demonstrated the desired behaviors asked of them swiftly, they did not take away any class time. The seventh-grade Spanish class, on the other hand, was talking to each other while they were supposed to be independently working on an assignment. By talking to each other, they were distracted and were distracting to others. They also were not focusing on completing the assignment and were falling
Meaning, that many students have chosen this particular school because it is the closest to their family home. The cost for tuition and residence for other schools is beyond their affordability (See Figure 1). Understanding the history of many students in Ryerson, it is definitely made aware that these students heavily rely on public transportation to get to classes. However, the transportation system has many barriers that is overlooked by the school. Due to the barriers of the public transit, students are struggling in school and having difficulties in keeping up.
Coming to Job Corps made me realize a lot about myself including how much potential I have within myself. Before coming here I wasn’t as focused as I should have been when it comes to me getting my education. Leaving school early or just not showing up at all became a routine for me. The school I was attending wasn’t as good of a school to even want to show up at. The kids there was very disrespectful which made it hard for those who wanted to learn.
Upon my return, I expected to resume going to the school’s campus and only be half online. This wasn’t what happened, however. “We live too far away now. I can’t drive you so far every day.” My mom had said when I asked her about my returning to school.
At first, it took me a while to accept my responsibilities and get over my fear of failing and getting nowhere. Now that I am within the “unknown” there are many challenges that I face every day and will continue to face. There is the challenge of finding out what I want to study in college, doing well on standardized tests, and getting good grades in all of my classes. There are also temptations I have to face such as choosing whether to hang out with friends or do the homework that is due the next day. But I am able to overcome most of these challenges and temptations with the help of my parents, teachers, and friends who help push me to be the best I can be every day.
I wanted the two story house, the white picket fence I saw in the TV, in the story books. It was a dream not to be achieved. Being immigrants in a new country was difficult enough for my parents, and happy as they were that they’d finally had children, they were often forced to depend on my grandparents to take care of me and my brother while they worked. This arrangement worked for a while until my brother went off to school and it was decided that I should be placed in an environment that would provide me with the opportunity to socialize with peers my own age, a thing that my grandparents couldn’t provide.
Weeks after that people started taking over our “job” of giving out snow cones to people. Before these people had taken over he actually had a lot of people wanting “snow cones.” Even the big kids! (5th, 6th, 4th graders.) We really loved giving out the snow cones but we could never get outside fast enough to get to the rocking chair because the big kids would just toss they 're trays and get outside the longest.
“I don’t want to go there!” I yelled. “You should go! With me!” My dad said, “And no more rejection!”