I was a naive freshman experiencing the first week of classes at a brand new high school. In many regards, I was not an ideal student. As I entered high school, I was one of those middle school students that just managed to get by in my classes. I learned quickly in the first week of class how important it was to make friends and “fit-in”- after all, high school is one big popularity contest. After my second period class, a few students I went to middle school with came over and asked if I wanted to skip school with them. Not having too many friends and knowing how important it was to fit-in, I agreed. We plotted our escape past the school’s security guards, and low and behold the next thing I knew I’m running out of the school’s backdoor and towards the parking lot. Once outside of the school, we agreed to walk one street over to go hide behind a small convenient store. Ironically enough, once we got back there, and all breathed a sigh of relief, a gang of teens immediately walked over and pulled a knife on us, demanding we hand over our wallets. Fight or flight kicked-in and I immediately dashed away from the thugs and back towards my high school.
I remember I ran to the back entrance of the school that we initially dashed out of in hopes that I could sneak back-in during the shuffle between class periods. However, this wasn't possible, as a school security officer was standing right in the door way! I was done for and started to think of other places I could go (i.e. the park, hide in the basement, hang out by the football field, etc.). I wish I had never agreed to skip class, and I truly wanted to go back inside of school, but I didn't want to get caught by the school’s security guard- which would have certainly led to a suspension and getting yelled at by my parents. Knowing that I couldn't get back into the school, I walked a few inches away from the school’s backdoor, and then it happened.
|Actual Backdoor of My Old High School|
In the end, all of these inches add-up to yards, miles, diplomas, Phds, books, and blogs. For all those teachers and student teachers fighting to give our youth those extra-inches and opportunities, Thank You.