Class of 2019: Collegiate Academy
This year, we will be following some of the members of the class of 2019 from GHS, CHHS, and Collegiate Academy. Today we’ll talk to 3 members of the Collegiate Academy freshman class. The Collegiate Academy is beginning its second year as GCISD’s early college high school, through a partnership with Tarrant County College. All students who graduate from the Collegiate Academy will earn both a high school degree and an Associates Degree.
- What does being a Freshman mean to you, educationally and socially?
Mario Pedraza: Educationally it means that it’s a transition to a bigger school, and getting ready to learn new things. Socially it means that we are the little fish in the aquarium. Even the people that you don’t know, you’re all feeling the same way and experiencing the new things together. Being at Collegiate Academy, we have a smaller group of freshman, which is nice because it’s not crowded and it’s easier to get to know everyone.
Taylor Adkins: I think it’s a new start to meet new people. You are also learning new ways of doing your work, studying, and taking tests. I think it’s also providing you with a chance to try and learn new things. This is the first time in our school life that we’ve gotten a chance to choose the things we want to learn more about, and that’s nice. I think we get more of a chance to stand out here. I was going to be in a high school with 2,000 students, and now there’s only 200.
Quentin Holmes: I feel like being a freshman is a chance to start over. You’re going from being the top of the school, back to the bottom. You also are given a lot more responsibility. If you compare this to a regular high school, we get to take college classes, and we’ll graduate ahead of a normal high school student, so we get more opportunities that way.
Mario: When I graduate I want to be able to say that I was a great student, and that coming to Collegiate Academy was the right choice for me. I want to be able to say that my teachers cared about me and prepared me for college. I want to say that I was a part of the legacy we’re creating at CA.
3. What role does technology play in your day-to-day life? How do you use it in school?
Mario: Technology plays a huge role in my life. I’m not going to the same high school that most of my friends went to, so I’m able to stay in contact every day with them using texting and Instagram. At school, we’ve been getting more and more technology every year. This year we have our own Chromebooks, and we turn in work online and talk to teachers online. I think it’s a really good change to use more technology in schools. I’m going to have to learn how to rely on technology in school and the real world. I just don’t want it to turn into everything being technology-based. I always want to have a teacher and other students in the room, so you can have the personal attention.
Quentin: I’m not super dependent on technology either. I don’t need it, but I really like it for entertainment. I stopped using all the social networks last year, and my grades went to all A’s. In the classroom it’s nice because if you forget a textbook or your notebook, you can look things up online, or take your notes in a word document. It can be distracting at times, but you’ve got to learn how to focus to get your work done. Here, since it’s a college environment, I think the teachers trust us to use technology in a good way.