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Prairie Through a Different Lense

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I love Prairie. That is why I have chosen to participate in sports, attend almost every event, and even run as student body president. I am proud of my school and what it represents. I see our school as being inclusive and less cliquey compared to other schools. I guess I am biased because being president means that I need to say good things about my school. Or it might be the other way around. Maybe I am president because I have so much pride in my school that I choose to represent it. Like any typical high school, there are flaws. I wanted to speak to students who have a different perspective on Prairie’s culture and atmosphere. The only way to initiate change is to view Prairie through a different lense other than my own.

 

Amanda Keller, Junior, would describe Prairie’s culture as one that is “fairly inclusive, but still lacking in some aspects”. Although Keller feels included most of the time, she says that, “[she] had to work [her] way to get to that point.”

 

Bridget White, freshman, agrees that Prairie’s culture is “welcoming and friendly”. But when asked if she felt included, she responded, “No, not very much. It might be due to the fact that there is a barrier between different personalities, opinions, and values.”

 

These responses brought me back to reality. This opened my eyes and allowed me to see the things around school that I simply did not notice before. I saw students sitting alone at lunch. I saw students walking to class with their heads down hoping that they wouldn’t need to make eye contact. I saw the reality through a new lense. In truth, we are not a perfect school. But the first step to becoming an all-inclusive school is to reach out to students. Say “Hi” someone new. Sit next to someone who looks like they could use some company. Open yourself up to new relationships. As Zig Ziglar once said:

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

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