For my freshman year, I was at Ceiba College Prep. I had been there since 6th grade but by my freshman year, a lot of changes had happened. At first, we had a principal named Ms. Shinn who was a caring person who would shake our hand every morning when she saw us walk through the door. She made the school fun by always having events going on. One of the events was a spelling bee which I competed in. A couple years later, Ms. Shinn left and we had a couple principals after her but none of them stayed for longer than a year since they kept leaving in the middle or beginning of the school year. We had also started a year-round calendar. Also, a lot of teachers kept leaving so it wasn't necessarily a stable community/environment with both teachers AND principals coming and going throughout the years. My favorite teachers there were Mr. Pulido and Ms. Berg. Mr. Pulido was my math teacher. He was my favorite because he was very sweet, caring, helpful, and understanding. If we didn't understand some math equations or math problems, he would stay in his classroom during lunch to help us understand. He would go out of his way for us to make sure we passed his class actually knowing what to do and how to get the correct answer. When he noticed I wasn't acting like myself or I seemed upset, he would come to where I was sitting and ask me if I wanted to talk about what was bothering me and most of the time I would. I would stay after class and we would talk it out. Ms. Berg was my favorite because she was always there for me. If I needed help with something, she would try her best to help me even if she didn't really understand the problem. She would talk to me about my family life and what she can do to make things easier for me. My grades were good and my classes weren't that hard for me but I didn't like how I would get bullied because of my sexuality and nothing was done when I spoke up about it. People would pick on me and spread rumors about me. This started when I came out in 8th grade and continued up until the day I left. This caused me to become mean and angry at everyone and everything. I didn't want to go to school because I was tired of hearing the same thing over and over. When I would defend myself, people would say, "she's always angry at somebody." when they didn't even take into consideration what was making me that way. I finished my freshman year there and started some of my sophomore year since the new school year started in July for us. We only had 3 weeks of summer vacation. We would go to school for eight weeks and get three weeks off. I didn't like this because it would change a lot and when my friends from other schools were in school we were out of school with nothing to do. Also, when my friends from other schools were out of school, I was in school which made it hard for us to hang out. It would also mess with my sleeping schedule since I would get used to waking up early then we would have our 3 week break and I would get used to waking up whenever I wanted to just to go back to waking up early. So, in my Chemistry class, my friend and I applied/enrolled into DTI which I had previously visited in my freshman year. We stopped going to Ceiba 2 weeks after our sophomore year started and stayed on summer vacation and later entered into DTI as sophomores.
This is a picture taken of me and my friends working on a project when I was a freshman at Ceiba.