I have spent thirteen years in school, all in the Allendale Public School system. That is thirteen years of my life with the same people, sometimes adding new faces and sometimes letting go of others. I still remember Mrs. Cook in the first grade and Mrs. Rybinski in third grade. I still remember in the sixth grade doing the R.A.I.L. project with Mr. Piccard, who also helped me with math and science for years. But what was the most important lesson I learned at Allendale? The teachers may think that we need to remember Soh Cah Toa or maybe even needing to know the structure of a plant cell versus animal cell. to be successful in life. (For all of those who don’t know, the plant cell is larger, they have chloroplasts, and they also have a cell wall.) Maybe it was how to sit in a class and not fall asleep. But I really do think that the most important thing I learned at Allendale Public Schools is how to accept others, with all of their flaws.
What about time management? I had to learn that on my own when I started working at McDonalds. I had to balance school, work, homework, and also my family. Talk about time crunch. But if it wasn’t for all of the diverse people at Allendale I don’t think I would have been able to learn to get along with half the people there. But I do, and I love them all. The most important thing I learned at Allendale Public Schools is how to accept others with all of their flaws.
Being in a school with so many different types of people, you really start accepting others’ differences. Allendale is such a small community, you really have no choice but to accept them. I have had to learn to accept people whose views are different from mine about feminism, about different types of religions, and about even clothing choices. When we have our Harkness Table discussions in Mrs. Karnes’ class, I learned to sometimes keep my mouth shut because others had a different opinion, but at other times I would argue back. That’s the fun part of AP English. Sometimes I’d sit next to the a new guy in math. And that awkwardness stays there for a couple weeks until we’d get to know each other. If someone is wearing something I don’t like, like all black, I learned to kick my behind and not say a word. I learned to accept and move on. I really do think that the most important thing I learned at Allendale Public Schools is how to accept others with all of their flaws.