Caedin Manners

My educational journey has been unconventional to say the least. I have been to five different schools in my lifetime and all of them have been unique. I went to my first school when I was 3 years old. It was a small school in Manhattan Beach, where I learned to count, read, and do all the basic things a 3 year old needs to do. A few years later at 6 years old, my parents, realizing I was a gifted learner, had me skip the first grade and sent me to the local public school for second grade. It was the first time I had had a major change in my life and on the first day of school, I cried the entire morning. Second grade passed, and third grade came. After a less than pleasant experience in third grade due to a teacher who was, to be frank, not good at teaching, my parents and I decided that my education and future was not something we wanted to gamble on. After two years at public elementary school, I changed schools again. This time, the change was easier. I enrolled at a charter school 15 minutes from my house. I was older, more experienced and used to change. At this school, I only went to school two days a week; the other three days, I was homeschooled by my mother. This new method of schooling sounded like a good idea, but my mom eventually, grew tired of teaching me and I longed for a more social and traditional schooling experience. In seventh grade, I once again changed schools, this time to a private school in Los Angeles. By now, I was pretty much a pro at being the new kid. I adapted to my new environment and integrated into the community effortlessly. This school seemed to be the perfect fit, but unfortunately, they only taught up until the eighth grade. I would have to, yet again, find a new school to attend for high school. After weighing out my options, I decided to attend RHP. Transitioning into high school might have been a big deal to some, but to me, changing schools had become almost routine. I found that I could adapt to any situation I was thrown into and high school was no different. I found myself unphased by the first day of school, unlike my second grade self. Thanks to the changes that I had once viewed as scary, I was now more prepared as a person to face the ever-changing challenges of life.

Going through all these changes, made me more adaptable and open-minded. I feel that I am ready for whatever life throws at me because I have already been through so many twists and turns. So when change is presented to you, embrace it and conquer it, because when you do, you will become a better person and ready for anything.