The First Day Of School

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“Arrg!” I cried out in frustration as I tried to make a decision between the pink shirt with black polka dots and the green shirt with the floral design. Sinking into my bed, my chest swelled with not only every breath I managed to take, but with anxiety and fear. Unlike my roommates, I’d already been through the usual chaos that preceded that day— the last minute packing, labeling all those new binders like voids waiting to be filled with overwhelming homework assignments, and the running around for this and that two weeks ago. Contrary to popular opinion, the first day of school isn’t as bad as everyone makes it seem. For me the anticipation, the glow, the joy, and the eventual let down when it’s over are all what makes it one of my…show more content…
As soon as we walked through the doors of Gracemor Elementary School, I noticed how the hallways were packed with children my age and older with the same glint of excitement in their eyes as they cheerfully greeted their friends. When I finally mustered up the courage to look at the teachers, I noticed that they all had the same expression as the children. My teacher walked up to us and introduced herself to my uncle and then to me, even though she knew I couldn’t understand a word she said, and my uncle translated for her. As my uncle was leaving he knelt down and looked me straight in the eyes and gave me the what has now become “The Value of Education” speech. My teacher, Mrs. Decker, offered me her hand as she began walking down the hall to her classroom and I gratefully took it. When we reached the entrance to her classroom, she introduced me to the ecstatic looking women who would soon become my ELL teacher and then satisfied the inquisitive looks my classmates directed our way. As Mrs. Decker got class started, Ms. Paden led me outside and into another classroom and once again introduced me to the strange people that would soon become my colleagues. After Ms. Paden had instructed the other students, she lead me to the most decorated corner of the room teeming with bean bags placed side by side next a little book shelf replete with all kinds of books with colorful covers. When she started speaking I, as expected, couldn’t understand the words coming out of her
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