Four years ago, I would have never imagined the impact NPHS was going to have on me. I moved into this town freshman year and had no friends. The first two days of school I came home sobbing. No one spoke to me, I didn't like my classes, and the food was even worse than I imagined. Then, something really special happened on that third day of freshmen year. In case you aren't familiar, a plot diagram is the map of a story's structure. It consists of an exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Well, I was sitting in English class on that third day of school and my teacher called on one of the boys sitting next to me to fill in the first blank. He hit up to the board and had no idea what it was. I am still not sure what possessed me to say this, but under my breath I muttered, "Exposition." That one word would unknowingly change the rest of my high school career.
I didn't expect anyone to hear me, so what happened next took me by surprise. My teacher looked right at me and exclaimed, "That's right, Arista!" She kept repeating that it was so awesome that I knew what the answer was. Her and I formed an amazing bond after that moment that we have kept strong through these four years. She has inspired me to become and English teacher and I will even be attending her alma mater in the fall! The lesson that I learned here is that time is everything. When thrown into a new situation, you can't expect to feel right at home immediately. It takes time to warm up to the environment, and there will always be an outstretched hand to help save you from drowning in the sea of being overwhelmed. Within every situation there is someone that will end up helping you out in the long run, and won't just be there for the time being, but will be with you through all the tough times in life.
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