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Sophomore Javier Carrillo, is a transfer student from Clovis West.

Transfer, foreign exchange, and returning students make up many of the new students on the campus this August. With the new school year upon us, all students, new and returning, benefit from a new start and a new opportunities. 

New student Josiah Weimer, ‘16, feels optimistic about this year, even though he had been homeschooled all previous years.

“On the first day I wasn’t very nervous because my dad works here and as a result I know a couple of people,” Weimer said. “I would have to say my favorite classes are already AP European history and AP Calculus. I really enjoyed meeting new teachers and friends in the first week of school.”

Weimer believes he will meet and make new friends, begin preparation for college and grow closer to God in his new school.

Former international student Chloe Soto, ‘17, has experienced being in a private school environment before and enjoyed her experience.

“My previous school was in Berlin, it was a private international school so I made friends that came from different countries such as Japan, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania,” Soto said. “It was a wonderful experience. I met my first friend on the first day of school and gradually kept meeting new people through her as the day went by. Now I have a group of friends that I can really connect with.”

Soto personally invests herself in dancing, which she has participated in for fifteen years to this day, and physical education which helps diversify her interests.

My previous school was in Berlin, it was a private international school so I made friends that came from different countries such as Japan, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania. It was a wonderful experience. I met my first friend on the first day of school and gradually kept meeting new people through her as the day went by. Now I have a group of friends that I can really connect with. — Sophomore Chloe Soto

Soto plans on trying out for the soccer team and becoming more solid in a Christian foundation.

“I would hope to get out of my comfort zone since I am a shy person,” Soto said. “I would love to try out for the girls soccer team this year to have fun and gain a great experience. I’d also like to have strong fellowship and become more solid in my faith as a Christian.”

Vietnam exchange student Natasha Le, ‘17, plans to have a study-centered focus and to increase her English fluency.

“I’m trying my best adjusting to this new environment,” Le said. “I personally invest my time studying. I want to speak English fluently and I want to become a doctor. I have one friend so far; she is also from Vietnam. I used to study at Sierra School in San Jose for two months. I have good memories from Sierra. I have many friends who love me and help me from Sierra.”

While Le was positive about starting a new school, she feared people would be discriminatory against her and was worried because she could not hear the new teachers.

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New and returning students Tyler Volker, ’16 (left), Josiah Weimer ,’16, Ryan Jiang, ’16 and Leo Wu, ’16 come from a variety of places and walks of life.

“I’ve taken classes from some of the most famous ballerinas in the world and currently dance at a local studio,” Soto said. “I’m also going to start taking self defense classes and get back to taking music lessons. My favorite class as of right now is P.E. The physical activity is a release for me and helps to clear my mind.”

“I wasn’t nervous on the first day of school,” Le said. “After I studied for two days, I was really worried. I didn’t have any friends, and I couldn’t hear the teacher talk. I was afraid people would discriminate and laugh at me. The first week I had a lot of homework and I was confused about that.”

Clovis West exchange student Javier Carrillo, ‘18, hopes to have a successful sophomore year by beginning to reconnect with old friends.

“I’ve reconnected with my friends Tyler (Villines), Devin (Pitts) and Jayden (Ventura), which I knew from sixth grade,” Carrillo said. “Previously, I went to Clovis West; it was an all right school. I liked Clovis West for its sports teams, but I disliked the way they taught because they were not very specific and did not go into detail.”

The life of a new student is not an easy one. Whether its a new freshman or an exchange student, most worry about making new friends, studying for school, all while dealing with a brand new environment.

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