As I look back upon the past four years, in some ways it seems like my time at Kiper has been a lot like a day at the Magic Kingdom.
From the moment I heard about Disneyland, I knew that I wanted to go. I counted the days until I got there, much the way that I counted the days until I left Harbour Pointe to migrate over to Kiper. Time passed so slowly because I was anticipating the great times ahead. At the end of middle school, my classmates and I thought we were so cool because we got to make that trip to someplace fun and exciting.
On the first day of high school, we got up early like eager kids ready for a day of play. At Disneyland, people line up early to get their tickets and begin their enchanted day. As freshmen, we lined up early to get our class list, incredibly thrilled to finally be here. Our heads were full of the stories we had heard about how exciting it would be. Little did we know what awaited us.
With our admission pass, commonly known as the schedule, we too got a map. Like Disneyland's, ours had pictures of the paths to take, leading to our varied destinations. Some thoughtful senior had actually color-coded mine, so I knew which direction to go. Our maps led to the science hall, the English hall and the Performing Arts Center, while Disneyland's led to Adventure Land, Toon Town and Main Street. Their map listed various places to grab sustenance like the Rainforest Cafe, Mickey's Kitchen and Rocket Pizza, while our map boasted four: the Commons, the East Campus Cafeteria, the Student Store and, God help us, the vending machines.
With 10 minutes to go, the class of 2003 hurled themselves into the crowd of hustling students. Some of the freshmen were simply so glad to be there that the mod didn't bother them a bit. Others, .like myself, were overwhelmed by the mass of people, all taller than I, or so it seemed. We made our way through the group, trying to slide into class without being trampled or being shoved into lockers.
As with any theme park, it can become very tedious. More than half of the time is spent on boring things: waiting in line, being near people that you don't want to deal with and rides breaking down. Here at Kiper, a lot of time is spent on boring things such as homework, lectures, taking tests on material that you swore you knew but just can't seem to remember and learning to coexist with people who are just plain annoying.
The food situation is alike as well. The lines are extremely long, the food isn't very healthy and the noise is ear-splitting. Not to mention that there are never quite enough tables to go around.
All around the park, attendants are present. You know who I'm talking about: the people who wear a different type of clothing whose job is to monitor your movements. Those attendants are like the staff at our school There are those teachers who you feel comfortable around: Levine, Sawyer, Schwenn, Tobin and Jones to name a few. Those are the attendants whose queue...