Danny has been at Cornerstone Prep since 2013. In addition to his full load of classes, Danny participates in our A cappella choir and is on the Cougar soccer and basketball teams. Danny’s future dreams and goals include getting a full-ride scholarship to a major university and being valedictorian of his class.
Off Campus Days are like...
Off Campus Days...To start a typical on campus day at Cornerstone and to start an off campus day are monumentally different, at least in my personal experience. Because I don’t have a first period class this year, I get to wake up later than I have in my previous years on my on campus days; however, I still wake up much earlier than I do on on campus days. I usually get up around 7:45 a.m. for the former, while I usually wake myself at around 8:30 a.m. for the latter. Once I’m awake, the routine for preparing for the day is similar on both occasions, but the differences in these days really start to take shape when I start my actual schooling.
Personally, I find on campus days less stressful, more interesting, and thus more enjoyable that off campus days because I have a teacher in the room with me to help me with concepts I don’t comprehend and fellow students to keep the setting lighthearted and interesting. I have none of these things while at home, and I have a much more difficult time staying on task when at home with no one watching my work, which can lead to less effectiveness when at home. Unfortunately, home is where I complete most of my assignments that are graded, not counting tests, of course.
On the topic of tests, another reason I don’t prefer to be at home is because that is where my studying is done, and while I’ve always considered myself one who enjoys school in general, I’ve never been a fan of studying. Unfortunately, I’m beginning to see its importance as I progress through high school and experience higher-level classes. That’s yet another thing that adds to my stress while at home- the overall level of difficulty is constantly increasing as I grow older, which I know is necessary but I still don’t enjoy.
As for some things I do enjoy about my home day, I thoroughly enjoy the added flexibility those days give me in instances such as work. I don’t have this flexibility on my on campus days, which is one major upside to the home days. One other reason I feel like off campus days are useful is the fact that it maintains a certain novelty to on campus days; in other words, I enjoy the days I’m at school more because I’m not there every day, and this makes me look forward to them all the more.
One other reason I feel like off campus days are useful is the fact that it maintains a certain novelty to on campus days; in other words, I enjoy the days I’m at school more because I’m not there every day, and this makes me look forward to them all the more.
On Campus Days are like...
On campus school days for me begins at 9:25 a.m., which is when the second class bell rings for most of my classmates. My first class is Algebra 2, which I find to be simple and enjoyable. Math has always been a subject that I enjoy and can understand somewhat easily, but one downside to Algebra 2 this year is the fact that my class is made up of juniors who are a grade ahead of me, so I don’t get to share this class with my friends from my grade. I do really enjoy my teacher, Mrs. Hilliard, however, who is kind and funny and always willing to do whatever she can to help us understand the concepts she teaches.Honors
After Algebra 2, I move on to Honors Biology. Science is a subject that does not come nearly as easy to me, and has never been one of my favorites; however, I do have a great group of students in this class, and I love my teacher, Mrs. Haas. In fact, I really love all six of my teachers this year, and all of them for differing reasons. Honors Biology is my first-ever honors level class, but honestly it’s really been very similar to any other science class I’ve taken. Advanced Placement, AP, classes, on the other hand, are absolutely brutal, but that comes later.
Once I’ve finished Biology, I find my way to my elective class, Yearbook/Journalism. This is one of my favorite classes despite the fact that I’ve never taken it before. My teacher, Mrs. Nguyen, was also my Geometry teacher last year, so I already know her well. Yearbook could shape up to be very busy towards the end of the school year, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it thus far. I believe I will continue to as the year progresses.
Then, it’s time for lunch, which isn’t necessarily restricted to eating. I have worked the Corner Store, our school store, visited college representatives in our lunchroom, the Den, studied for tests, and played card games in some of my lunch periods. It also provides a great way to bond with my classmates and enjoy a small break from the demands of class. Fifty minutes after I walk in, however, I hear the bell ring again and find myself walking down the hall to Mrs. Heitz’s room.
AP World History
By now I’ve reached 6th period and I only have three classes left in my school day. However, the toughest task of the day now stares me in the face: AP World History. This class is my first run at an AP course, and it sure has been a wake-up call. While difficult and strenuous, the work I complete for Mrs. Heitz is interesting and certainly good preparation for my college years. This also might be the class of students I most enjoy. As there are only eight of us, we have already begun to bond as a group as we experience the difficult times together, and we are able to be taught more personally in a class with such a minute size.
Once the next bell frees me from AP class, I fight the hallway crowds to reach Mrs. Wynn’s Literature class. Mrs. Wynn is another teacher I’ve already studied under, as she taught my Entrepreneur elective during the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year. She pushes us to achieve our utmost goals and put forth the best possible effort academically, but she is also kind and forgiving when we fall short of her expectations. Literature is an intriguing class for a student who enjoys writing, and this year should be a special treat since her plan for this year is to incorporate plenty of creative writing assignments in particular.
Despues, voy a mi clase final: Spanish 2! Senora Vehrs’ class is a wonderful mix of fun, learning, and absolute hilarity! Not only am I learning to translate individual words from English to Spanish, but I am also able to understand the way sentences are pieced together and the way everything flows together. Also, I have learned a great amount about Mexican culture, and all in all, this class is buy bueno!
And that concludes a (not so) normal school day for me both on campus and at home. While it’s not a conventional system, it’s become a comfortable one for me in my third year enrolled here. And to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do if I weren’t here at Cornerstone- I’ve never experienced, seen, or heard about anything comparable.