In the 8th grade, I had a lot of friends to sit with and talk to during recess and lunch. I consider those friends my junior high friends. I have fond memories of junior high. Two of my favorite memories are the trip to Chinatown and the trip to Pigeon Point. During the Chinatown trip we looked around different stores, ate Chinese food for lunch, and took a tour by a woman named Linda Lee. During the Pigeon Point trip we went hiking, we looked at the lighthouse, we went to Ano Nuevo to see the elephant seals, and we did many other things.
When I transitioned to high school, I was very excited! In high school, I also had a lot of friends and a lot of great experiences. I attended all of the school dances, and I plan to come back next year as an alumna. I went on the experiential trips, and my favorite trip was the Web Of Life trip during my freshman year. I remember being nervous during one of the ropes courses, but after cheers and encouragement from my classmates I felt much better. I was in STAR team and the Stanbridge Choir. I even did the talent show four times.
There are so many people I need to thank for helping me get to this moment. I would like to thank my sister for helping me with my math homework, my mom for choosing a perfect school for me, my dad for always supporting me, my paternal grandmother for being the sweetest woman I’ve ever met, my maternal grandmother for all the food she cooks for our family dinners, and my grandfather for being so kind and generous. I would also like to thank my friends, including Jace for being my really good friend and Grace for inviting me to hang out with her. I would like to thank a few teachers. Thank you Kenny for helping me with my math skills, Camille for helping me with art, Jay for helping me dissect a frog and a worm in biology, and David for helping me improve my voice techniques and for letting me tell you about operas I have seen with my family. I want to also thank Claire O’Connor, an occupational therapist I worked with for seven years, and Krista Keintz a behavior therapist who helped me with my behavior issues from 2007 to 2010.
Next fall I will attend Sequoia High School’s Transition to Work Program where I’ll learn how to make doggie biscuits for my dogs. Then I will transfer to Foothill College to attend the Tools for Transition and Work program. My future goal is to work for either the San Francisco or the San Jose Opera as an usher. I am sad to be leaving Stanbridge, but I’m happy about my future and I hope to visit when I can. Thank you.