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Written by Maria Camila Roldan

My journey at Altamira started since I was two years old. My whole life, everything I have known is this school. It has watched every me through every stage of my life and has made me the person I am today. And that is because of the people who have taught me and the friends I made. Even the people whose names I have forgotten will always have the same impact on me.

It is amazing how much I remember from when I was kid. I remember lots of things from when I was in Kid’s Korner, nowadays known as Nido Altamira. I remember my birthdays at school, the plays we used to present to our mothers and the games we used to play at the playground. There was a play for mothers day, in which I starred, that was about a flower in its journey to find a petal that the wind had stolen from her. I used to think of it as a fun play with pretty costumes that is forever saved in the photos our mothers took. But after many times thinking of it, I have connected its moral to my life. Trough our journeys you may loose things, opportunities, or your goal, but at the end of the day you are still you and that doesn’t define you, your journey to get back in track does. I used to think that my grades defined my value or how great I was, but I learned otherwise in seventh grade.

I’ve been an honnor roll students since second grade, but seventh grade was harder. In seventh grade I failed my first test, scoring hundred wasn’t as easy as before, and no matter how hard I tried, it was not enough for the honnor roll and it hurt me. However with the help of my friends, who were also struggling with their grades, I learned that myself as a person and my personal relationships were more important than my grades. And though I lost my gpa, I found a way to love myself without it.

My friends, teachers, and parents made me the person I am today, and without this school that put us all together in a safe place for our development, I wouldn’t be that person. So thank you Altamira.


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