Friday, March 5, 2010

Saying farewell to CHS

Saying farewell to six years at Chatsworth High school has been a little tough for me! It hasn't mattered what job I have had, I've always tried to do my best and be professional! I remember when I first got the offer from Chatsworth High School... I was really nervous because I'd never worked with High School kids before. I was 24 at the time and I thought, "why would these kids listen to me, when I'm not too much older than them." On the flip side, I found my age to be a HUGE advantage! The kids instantly bonded to me. They wanted to tell me their stories, they wanted me to help them with their school work, and they began to depend on me as if I was a family member. Don't get me wrong, some of the kids had serious issues, and didn't want anything to do with the school system. I felt horrible for those kids, but you can't help them ALL! Over the year I have been so proud of the kids I have seen grow into mature young adults, as they prepare to enter into the REAL world! Times weren't always great! There were a fair share of fights I felt the need to break up! I don't know why I ever put myself into dangerous situations, but I never thought twice. If I was there, I would try to do something. I have been cussed at, sexually harassed, and a few times I've been threatened. Even with all of that, I never felt like I was in danger. I've seen girls leave the school because they were pregnant... A LOT of girls. It makes me sad to think of the kind of life they are going to have, and the life that child will grow up to have! I can only hope that they at least have some kind of family support, they are able to finish school, and they are able to hold a steady job.

I will miss the friends I have made throughout the years! They have become a part of my extended family, and I know I will keep in touch with them over the years to come! I will miss working security at the football games, which I did for 4 years! I will miss working Grad Nite, even though it was all night long with a bunch of crazy kids at Disneyland! Not to mention, I had to work the day after. I will miss working the dances, even though the kids do crazy things there that I never would have thought of when I was in High School!!! Many things were different when I was in High School! For example, I remember people would smoke (herbs) in the parking lot when I was in school. Now a days, kids have no shame! They smoke in the bathrooms or anywhere else they feel they can get away with it.

Even though I will miss the world of High School, I feel it is my time to move on! I'm starting Monday at an Elementary school! I get more and more excited everyday! I know I will be very busy there, but it will be so much more rewarding! The kids in Elementary school are excited to learn, they are happy to see you in the morning, and the behavior problems should be minor. I have been told that the school I'm going to has a fantastic reputation, and at this point, anything is better than CHS. So Monday I start a new chapter in my world of working. I will have more experience with a different level of kids, and it will only look good on my resume! I know I will succeed in my new mission! Until next time...