BY PAULA MARTINS
Student Spotlight is a recurring segment that showcases a student every month who is selected randomly, in order to illustrate that every student has a story. Paula Martins, staff writer for The Circuit, was waiting inside of the cafeteria to question the third person that walked in. Martins interviewed his for this month’s profile.
When senior Luis Fernandez was 6 years old, he experienced the first of six school transfers that would continue while he was growing up due to family circumstances. Instead of viewing this negatively, Fernandez said he never let it interfere with his positive outlook on life.
“My last switch to Cypress junior year was definitely the best,” he said.
Fernandez has attended two elementary schools, one middle school and three high schools, all in Florida.
“After spending my freshman year at Western High School, switching to virtual school as a sophomore was by far the worst because I felt so cut off from my friends and the world,” he said.
Fernandez said he had a tough time adjusting to the pros and cons of virtual school.
“The only good thing about Virtual School was the flexible hours,” Fernandez said. “I might get annoyed by having to wake up early every day for public school, but I’d pick having the company of some good, funny teachers and friends instead of taking my classes in isolation every day.”
Although he was not able to see his friends often, he said it was not difficult for him to keep in touch with them through the use of social networking sites and sporadic social gatherings.
“Even though I didn’t stay close with all of my friends from the past, I managed to maintain some great friendships,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said his personality played a big role in the way he coped with each new school.
“Starting over at each school wasn’t too difficult,” Fernandez said. “Considering that I can get along with pretty much anyone, it was easy making new friends and keeping ones from my previous years in other schools.”
As Fernandez approaches graduation and adulthood, he is thankful for his experience throughout the years.
“I learned about the importance of social interaction and getting my priorities straight, two essential elements I will use in my life,” he said.