It’s all about perspective

Writer shares experience of changing schools


Trinity Norwood

Sophomore Emily Day knows what it's like to be the new kid at school.

Emily Day, Writer

Fitting in can be hard. At one point or another, everyone feels out of place. While some people do exclude others on purpose, they might be hurting others’ self esteem without even knowing.

When I moved schools in February of 2017, I had to adjust from a class size of 15 to 105. My second day at Mauriceville Middle School, I attended my first school dance. Keep in mind, everyone else had already been to several of them, and I walked in not knowing what was about to happen.

School dances are not what the movies make them out to be. When I entered the cafeteria filled with sweaty middle-schoolers, I could not find any of my few friends. I finally found them clumped up in the corner, scream-singing the lyrics to unfamiliar songs. I remember standing off to the side, wishing that my taste in music was different, and wishing that I never moved in the first place. One of my close friends noticed that I was down, and requested a few songs that I knew.

The rest of my friends caught on and made an effort to include me by taking silly pictures at the photo booth, and asking me to dance to them. By the time the dance was over, I had made so many new friends and amazing memories. Now imagine the same scenario, but without the sweet girl noticing and helping me. If that one kind person had not reached out to me, things would be very different.

You may read this and laugh, but my first middle school dance is what changed my perspective on life and how to treat others. While I do have my rough days, I can say that I am a completely different person now. When I see someone who is obviously uncomfortable where they are, I do my best to help them if time allows, or at least shoot a friendly smile that can better their day.