Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.

Sophie Reid – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – My old school in Scotland is really different from LRHS. It took me a long while to get used to the changes regarding school rules, the dress code, finding my way around the school, talking slowly so people can understand my accent, and much more. I moved to Florida in January of 2017 because my father’s work. We agreed as a family to try experiencing life in Florida and have a new start.

My old school is a lot smaller than LRHS.  It holds around 500 students. The school is all indoors as Scotland does not get good weather most of the time.

I also had to wear a uniform with the school’s logo on the blazer and a tie instead of ID badges. Coming to Florida and not having to wear a uniform was one of the things I looked forward to.

Another thing that is a lot different here is the lunches; in my old school all students had lunch at the same time. We were allowed to leave the school building to go get lunch or we could stay. There were two vans that would park at the bottom of the school and they would sell hotdogs and cups of noodles. The seniors were allowed to order food from a café and get it delivered to the school for lunchtime.

The schools schedule is also very different. In Scotland, we start school at 8:45 a.m. and finish at 3:40 p.m., but we finish at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. We also have seven periods every day except early days, then we’d have only six periods. All periods were 50-55 minutes long. I found it hard to adjust to getting to school by 7:45 a.m., because normally I would be waking up at that time for my old school. However, getting to finish at 2:05 p.m. and only having to go to four classes each day made up for it.

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