When I first thought of the idea for this post, I was like, okay this is as straightforward as can be. Then, while I was writing it, I thought-wouldn’t it be interesting to hear about other people talk about this too? I feel like school can get rough so fast that once new school supplies are bought, it never again gets mentioned in the context of a happy sentence.
So before it hits us with all of its insanity, Abby, Olivia, and I wrote posts about things we love about school. It’s a blog tour! (Which is crazy. Also, anybody know where the phrase “blog tour” even came from?) Thank you guys for being excited to do this with me, and thank you Abby for the amazing image!
Abby’s post is a list of five things she’s excited for going back to college, but with YA books tied in! Brilliant. Olivia wrote about five things she loves about education in general, and dang, I need to reminded daily that education is a privilege.
I know some people (cough, cough, Jonathan) might be like, you’re insane, why would you ever be excited for school? Part of me is internally yelling that too. This has been one of the best summers ever, and it does not feel real at all that some of my friends have already started school and that my first day is Thursday. (Ahhhhh.)
But I also do love my school. Definitely not in a rah-rah school spirit type of way, but in a I-feel-safe-here way. And that is something I don’t want to forget. In preparation for the hard days that I know are coming, here are ten things I love about my school.
1. The Library
I didn’t go to the library for most of freshman year, and then I slowly realized how amazing it is. It’s completely because of the librarians. They make it so there’s always cool things going on in there. For example, there’s been a communal jig-saw puzzle, finger puppet crafts, coloring bookmarks, and a poem dispenser.
This summer, the high school library is running a summer reading challenge. We haven’t had something like this since probably elementary school, and I am a hundred percent on board. And the prizes for the challenge are good too. Everybody who reads three books or more gets a $5 dollar gift card, you get one entry in a grand prize drawing for each book you read, and the top readers will be invited to a “coffee house”-style party(!!) to chat about our favorite summer books.
2. The Office
By office, I actually mean this little hallway/section of the high school where the principal, different administrators, the college counselors, and the receptionist have all their desks and rooms together. Most students probably go in there once or twice a year, but I love going in there. There’s one lady in there who has known my name and has been nice to me since the beginning of freshman year, and she’s awesome. Also, it smells really good, and there’s free candy. And it’s good candy too.
3. The Schedule
My school has this weird rotating schedule that sounds really complicated at first, but then when you figure it out, you’re like ohhhh. Also, not to brag too much, but we also have ten minute passing periods and early release on Fridays.
4. The Art Program (and the building itself)
My school has a lackluster sports reputation-well, to be precise, a lackluster football reputation. The golf, cross country, track, and wrestling programs at my school always win. But football is the main sport here, so that eclipses everything else. However, I’ve always heard glimpses of how strong the art program at my school is.
I’ve taken art at my school for five years now, and you don’t really think about it in the moment, but stepping back, it is definitely intense. Most weeks you have sketches for homework that usually take about three to four hours, although some people spend way more and others way less. Then there’s the breadth of materials we use and projects we do: pottery, sculptures with hammers and nails and power tools, huge canvas paintings, silk screens, stop motion videos.
And everything always has a twist too. Probably because all the art teachers are slightly weird and more than slightly cool. The art building itself reflects this. It’s actually separate from all other buildings and kind of a world onto itself. There’s strange things everywhere: a board with different people’s hair taped onto it, a McDonald’s toy craft glued in the corner of the ceiling, a machete guy, doors painted with The Scream and Starry Night and Over 9000. In the chance that an actual lockdown drill happens, I would say the art wing would be a pretty good bet. There’s quite a few saws hanging on the walls.
High schoolers are also required to enter local art competitions every year, and every year, the head of the art department takes over during one of the announcement times and reports on how the art students did. He likes to create a sense of suspense as he first gives stats on how many awards these big public high schools got and then how many my school got. We always do well, and it’s fun to see people who are not in the art program going crazy because we beat other schools at art. (I think the lack of my school’s football prowess has something to do with this.)
Finally, if you take the AP Art class at my school (which is only for seniors), you kind of get inducted to this secret world inside the secret world of the art program. There’s like ten or so students, and you actually have to try out to get into the class. You meet up with some of the teachers and present work from the years past. Then you have to start coming up with ideas because at the end of the year, each person in that class has to come up with their own cohesive, complex art show. Then in May, all their work is hung up in this one space in the high school for like a month. It’s always spectacular.
5. The Elementary School Playground
It’s amazing!!! It’s the best playground I’ve ever seen.
6. The Spring Play/Musical
I never went to the high school play when I was not in high school, but I’ve gone to both my freshman and sophomore year plays and that is a streak I do not plan on losing. Freshman year it was Little Women, and sophomore year it was The Sound of Music.
They were both amazing, not just because of how talented and well done the plays were, but also because they gave me new perspectives on the original stories they were adapting. I’ve never really liked the book Little Women (I just feel like it’s so long and kind of boring), but I loved the play. As for The Sound of Music, I’ve actually never watched the movie, so it was cool to finally see the do-re-mi song and all the popular references in context.
Short for Sadie-Hawkins. It’s a dance where the girl asks the guy, and it happens every year during late winter/early spring.
8. The Traditions
To name two:
1.My school has a uniform and a pretty strict dress code. You can only wear white, black, red, gray, (or maybe blue?) colored socks. But, during the month of December, you are allowed to wear Christmas socks
2.There’s this thing called the Carrot. It’s weird. The Carrot is a person (or persons maybe?), and nobody knows who it is. Well, at least if anybody does, they’re keeping their mouths shut. They randomly decorate the high school with carrots-paper carrots, EXPO carrots on the white boards, actual carrots.
9. The Clubs
To name two:
1.REC-Reach Every Corner. This one girl started and basically people bring donations of different things (snacks, toothbrushes, wipes, gloves), and students come in and back paper bags with the things. Those paper bags are then take by students and teachers and given to homeless people.
2.GCC-Global Culinary Club. Once a month or so, people pay to eat food from different cultures that is catered in. The success of this club is completely because of the guy who founded it. He was applauded every time he went on stage to give an announcement, even if the announcement was that there were no announcements that week.
10. The Teachers
The teachers are so great. They are the first and foremost the reason I love my school.
What clubs does your school have?
Do you go to your school library?
Does your school also have homecoming or Sadies?
What are things you love about your school?