Maplewood is the strangest high school that I have ever been to (No offense to all you Huskies!).
At my former school, everyone arrived at 7:45 and had class until 3:00. We lived by an airtight schedule with seven periods and three minutes of passing time in between. New kids were treated with cold indifference, and were usually left to flounder and figure things out on their own. There were cliques, and a defined line between the popular and unpopular kids. Most of the other students were Christian, but there wasn’t a single one who had ever heard of Seventh-day Adventism. Whenever I told anyone what my denomination was, I was usually asked, “Is that like some kind of a cult?” My friends were shocked when they found out that I had never eaten ribs or bacon.
So far, I have been at Maplewood for less than a week, but the differences between the two schools are almost extreme. The schedules are so flexible, with breaks and free time in between periods. Instead of nagging teachers prowling the halls to warn the students to hurry up, everyone here is in charge of being on time for themselves. As far as dealing with new kids, I’ve never seen a school that was more accepting. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help me figure things out.
The biggest and most important difference to me is the sense of community that exists at Maplewood. The students are much closer here than at any other school because of how much time we all spend together – every hour of every single day. Almost everyone is Adventist – we all share the same beliefs and I never have to defend myself from closed-minded people.
One of my favorite aspects of Maplewood is the dorm life. It’s like having a sleepover every night. I’ve been here for less than a week, but I can already see how close these girls get to each other. It’s so amazing to always have somebody (or several somebodies) to talk to or laugh with about anything. This week has been so much fun, and I am looking forward to the rest of the school year.
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