By Bethany, CLC Class of 2009
Cornerstone Learning Community was not just my school from kindergarten until eighth grade, it was also my second home. Up until the time I graduated, I couldn’t remember a time when I wasn’t a part of the Cornerstone family. It was a very scary thing, the thought of going to a different school with people I didn’t know. I didn’t know if people would like me, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to take some of the advanced classes that other kids in ninth grade would.
My middle school experience was unique. I went from having Science and Social Studies as one class in sixth grade, to having separate science and history classes in eighth. Looking back on all of my classes, I am so thankful for my middle school experience. I got to experience science from a college professor, my English teacher exposed me to my hidden passion of writing, and above all else, I got to experience many different teachers from around the country with very different personalities and techniques.
I am now going into my junior year at SAIL (School of Arts and Innovative Learning) High School. My freshman year was a piece of cake. Sure, it was very overwhelming the first day with all of the teenagers, and the big new school. But I adapted quickly, I realized fast that instead of being behind most kids in my classes, I was ahead of them. I knew so much about science my first year, that I barely needed to study. In English, I knew grammar better than the majority of kids in my class. In my Algebra class, I breezed by.
I feel as though Cornerstone prepared me better for high school and the real world better than any other school could possibly have done. Growing up and having the relationship with my teachers that I did, I don’t think I could have been any luckier. I still keep in contact with my favorite Cornerstone teachers. They’ve helped me along my high school path, and hopefully will help me for years to come.
For my senior year, I will be dual enrolling at TCC and taking classes like Psychology, Latin and College English. I will be applying for a Bright Futures Scholarship and will be applying to the following colleges: Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida and New College.
All in all, I can’t express how happy I am that I stayed at Cornerstone. As much as I was prepared for high school, Cornerstone prepared me for the scary grown-up world more than I would have ever realized. And to me, I don’t think I would be in the place that I am now without my many years at Cornerstone.