The day I received my letter, I was finally able to return to school. This would be a huge transition for me. The first day I back in the school…

The day I received my letter, I was finally able to return to school. This would be a huge transition for me. The first day I back in the school system was extremely different. Although they’re both public and only a few miles apart, the difference between my old and new schools was extraordinary. Back in my middle school and my few months in my original high school, no teacher, counselor, or anyone in their right mind would have given me a chance. When I walked in to my new counselor’s office, I felt like I was given a chance. He said to me, “Is there anything you’d like to do that you didn’t do before?” The last time I’d requested anything from a counselor, all I got was, “Oh honors is not for you, trust me,” and so I never asked again. After I set up everything, I saw an even greater difference. Where I grew up there would be all the Latino kids in one table, all the blacks in another and the whites and Asians in a smaller section. I can recall a few tables being mixed, but here there was more unity. There was unity in race, economic class, and most of all the human ability. There aren’t many schools that offered particular thing, but mine did – the acceptance of the kids with special needs.
– Stefannie