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Opinion: Transfer student describes ‘surprisingly smooth’ transition

Emily Botwinick
Prowler editors (standing, left-right) Liam R., author Ella S., Max B. and Daniel G. interview students in the dTHS lobby (March 29, 2024).

The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of The Prowler.

Switching schools can be a daunting experience, especially right in the middle of junior year. Yet my transition from Archer to de Toledo during the 11th grade was surprisingly smooth. Though I was nervous to switch schools, this move provided growth opportunities I hadn’t anticipated.

The decision to transfer schools mid-year stemmed from various reasons. While I cherished my time at Archer, I felt the need for a change. My younger brother had already planned to go to de Toledo for high school, and since we had never gone to school together, I thought, why not make the switch there?

My first day at de Toledo was a huge surprise. I was immediately struck by the welcoming atmosphere, where the administration and faculty made an extraordinary effort to ensure my integration into the school community was as smooth as possible. From the initial orientation to personalized guidance, their support was invaluable.

One of the first things I noticed on my first day was the school’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment. Students and teachers alike were approachable and eager to help, alleviating many of my initial anxieties. 

Academically, the transition was a bit rougher than socially. One of my favorite classes at Archer was APUSH (US History), but, unfortunately, I could not take it in the second semester at de Toledo, which was hard for me to accept. I also had to take biology online and math over Zoom, which was not ideal. Even though I was a bit disappointed about the schedule, one specific class made it all worth it.

AP Lang was without a doubt the best, most fulfilling and most interesting class I have ever taken, along with Honors History, where Dr. Marcus’ ability to teach was nothing short of engaging and informative. 

Socially, moving mid-year posed its own set of challenges. However, de Toledo’s active student life and numerous clubs and organizations made it easier to find my niche. I joined The Prowler, Student Council, Spirit Committee and other activities that have helped me find my people and fit in. I had never been so involved in my entire six years at Archer then I have in five months at de Toledo. 

Looking back, the move from Archer to de Toledo was a pivotal moment in my educational and social journey. It taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of seeking environments that align with my personal and academic aspirations. I am so greatly grateful that I made the switch to de Toledo. 

While switching schools mid-year is often viewed with apprehension; my story is a testament to the potential for positive outcomes. With the right support system and a welcoming community, such transitions can lead to remarkable personal growth and new opportunities.

So, thank you de Toledo for fostering an environment where I finally feel safe, welcomed, valued and loved. 


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Ella Schwartz
Ella Schwartz, Managing Editor
Ella Schwartz is a junior at de Toledo and it is her first year writing for The Prowler. She likes hanging out with her friends, writing and traveling.

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