Happy To Be Back
Students and teachers alike looked forward to a summer filled with no responsibilities, no homework, and most importantly, no school. However, while traveling the world, spending time with family and friends, and working at internships, many students and teachers couldn’t help but miss Nueva for various reasons.
Noelle F., a tenth grader, expressed a longing for the Nueva community. She said, “I missed the people and the learning. I really enjoy the opportunity to learn so many things and the teachers are very engaging and really want us to succeed. Also, I’m just not as productive over the summer.”
Anika K., an eleventh grader, said that what she missed the most was “the people, not just my friends but everyone.” Laela J., another eleventh grader, said that she “missed seeing [her] friends and classmates every day and the comradery that comes with no one getting any sleep.” It seemed like most of the students at Nueva missed their classmates the most. Ethan L., an eleventh grader, agreed that he missed his friends, but added that he hated “not having teachers around to ask random questions.” He adds, “when I’m at school I can say ‘Hey, Lee, will you help me research this?’ and she’ll always say yes.”
I missed the people and the learning. I really enjoy the opportunity to learn so many things and the teachers are very engaging and really want us to succeed. Also, I’m just not as productive over the summer.
Phaedra, a twelfth grader, also agreed. She said “I missed the community and the feeling of all the people around me that love to learn.” Many of the teachers felt the same way.
Chris Scott said, “I think it’s kind of cliché but I missed my students.” He went on to add that, “more specifically than that I think I missed the stories and culture that goes on in my classroom, I miss the
regularity of the crazy jokes and humor and learning and everything that goes on in class.” Barry expressed similar feelings, and said that he missed his students’ “excitement to learn” and “the excitement about the intellectual journey”.
Even though summer was filled with exploration and adventure, students and teachers both agree that they are happy to be back at school.
Written by SINEAD C.