A Project for Better Journalism chapter

A New Face in a New Place


(Christian Hernandez is a new student who transferred from Tolleson) 

I just woke up and was really late. Not just late to class, but late in the year. As I planted my first steps on this campus I came to the realization that each student said something in their walk. This walk said, “I cant wait for my next class!” or “I’m going to be late for my next class!” Whichever one it was, I just hope you made it to class. In each and every year of my educational experience I was never the “new kid”.

In school, I was the loud kid everyone knew and the nonstop-talking child that most teachers wish they didn’t have. Making friends was always easy for me because I was always putting myself out there and just enjoyed talking to everyone.

My first day at Greenway was not even a full day. I started during my 6th hour geometry class. I walked into the classroom with the thought of tripping and falling as the most embarrassing first impression, but luckily I was able to keep my balance. I walked in and waited for the turning of heads, doing my best to ignore them.

There was a substitute teacher and when I told her I am a new student. She had no idea what to do with me. She told me to pick a seat and do the worksheet that everyone else was working on. No one really paid me any attention; it was almost as if I wasn’t even there!

I went through those two periods not really talking to anyone and when the bell rang, I won’t hesitate to say that I was one of the first few people out of that door. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it here, it was just so awkward and quiet- two things that I have very few to any experience with.

The next day was my first full day at Greenway, and it was much the same; not really talking to anyone and always being the first one out of the door. I later regretted this because I realized that I had nowhere to go during lunch; I sat on the stairs not eating and just counting down the minutes.

As my days here at Greenway continue, I find that it’s not as awkward or as quiet as it was on my first few days. I find myself making friends each and everyday. Most importantly, I am starting to notice that I am not the first person out of the door anymore.

The first thing I noticed about Greenway High School was these trees by the front office. I look forward to becoming a Demon, but time will tell.