June 8, 2017
A little bit of a change
Some people say change is good. Some would say they never want to change a thing. I say a little change never hurt anyone. Switching schools can be kind of scary if you don’t know anyone or know what to expect from the school. No one wants to be the new kid.
As a 17-year-old girl, I’ve learned a lot about how other kids can be mean, especially in school. I had a hard time in traditional public school. I experienced a lot of stress– from teachers, about fitting in, and wearing the right clothes; stress about tests and homework and life in general. And then there was the stress and anxiety of going to school because you knew that kids didn’t like you, and going to school every day and getting picked on was a hard thing to deal with.
I never really thought about attending school online until I couldn’t handle going to a brick-and-mortar school because of the bullying. Once I knew online public school was an option, I begged my parents to let me try it. I have been attending Wauwatosa Virtual Academy for a year now, and I couldn’t tell you how much I love it. This school gave me opportunities to graduate early, to work during the day, and to do school during times that were convenient for me.
Some people probably think that there isn’t a lot of one-on-one time with teachers or help from them because you aren’t in a traditional classroom, but the teachers are always there to help. You can call or email them, and there are LiveLessons® that you can attend with other students in the online class from all around the world who can help you as well. There has never been a time where I felt I was stuck and couldn’t finish something because I couldn’t get the help I needed. There are so many resources that the school provides to make school less stressful for you.
Now that my time as a high schooler is coming to an end, I must think about life and what I am going to do with it. As a kid, I always wanted to be a vet, and I thought that would be the best job in the world. As I grew older and started working, I realized how much love I have for cooking and baking. I plan to go to culinary school and hopefully someday open my own business. I have no doubt that virtual school is helping me pursue my dreams.
This letter to the editor appeared in the June 8, 2017 edition of The Brillion News. The opinions stated in letters to the editor are those of the author and not The Brillion News, Zander Press Inc. or the owners or staff.