Not until I met my homeroom teacher, Mr. Matthews, did I realize exactly how foolish I was acting. In fact, I believe his first question to me was about my favorite junk food (the answer being Cheez-Its, duh). From there, my first impressions of the school were, surprisingly, good. I liked meeting all my new teachers. Despite my initial worries, I found myself understanding the majority of what they were saying (except for Madame O’Keefe, who spent the first class talking nothing but French).
With students from all over, people of the same town formed small, nervous groups. As the first weeks progressed, however, we all started to socialize with each other. Those small, anxious groups broke up, and students formed friendships over similar classes, clubs, and sports.
Moreover, the teachers have all turned out to be fantastic. Apparently, you do not get to be the number one school in the state without the teachers focusing on and caring about the students as individuals. For the first time in my life, my teachers taught me so that I would actually learn the material, in a way that made the material almost easy. The perfect example of this is the Language Department, in which teachers speak almost exclusively in the language that they are teaching. Though intimidating, I have learned more French in this first term than in the last three years of taking it!
In my experience, having come from a high school last year, Sturgis has turned out to be extremely accepting and opportunistic. Perhaps the biggest adjustment I had to make when coming here was the freedom and trust between students and staff. How weird it feels to cross main street in the middle of the day, when just last year I was not trusted to do, really, anything.
Also, with the huge variety of clubs available here, I am free to follow my passions, and even try a few new ones out. For example, I just recently attended a meeting for the Sturgis Stormwatch newspaper club. Originally apprehensive, it has proved to be something that I will definitely pursue.