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Bridging the Gap Between SMAS and Rollins

By: Evan Tung

Anthony Wang, a senior, having a tutoring session in the morning before school.

With the seniors gone on a new campus, d.tech is more divided than ever. While the seniors are off doing work in San Mateo, the rest of the school has begun their semester with new faces among them. As students are getting settled into school, both students from the Rollins and the SMAS campuses cannot help wondering what is happening on the other campus.   

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors at the Rollins campus have expressed their curiosity about the SMAS campus and the strange new schedule seniors have. Tanson Chan, a junior, was especially curious about the schedules. “What’s the schedule like, and what do you guys do with all the free time you have in the morning? Also, I heard some people only have to take one or two classes at SMAS and then go straight home.” Seniors do a variety of things in the morning, including going to community college classes, SAT/ACT prep classes, and of course, sleeping in. For example, senior Jack Lugliani says, “I get more work done at night, so being able to stay up late and wake later really works for me.” Others, like senior Anthony Wang use their morning hours to study for the upcoming October SAT. Wang says, “I go to Cupertino to take a SAT prep class and then go straight to SMAS at 12.” Other Seniors like Jack Lugliani take advantage of the extra hours in the morning to get more sleep: “I get more work done at night, so being able to stay up late and wake later really works for me.” As for the handful of seniors who are taking classes at College of San Mateo, those students get to leave school early. Ryan Cen, a senior, is only at the SMAS campus for first period. Because he has FIT for the last three periods, he is allowed to go home early. “[It] Feels good to go home so early,” he says. “I get to wind down and still have time to do work and play video games.”

Many d.tech seniors spend their mornings studying for their SAT or ACT.

For the first semester, seniors are once again borrowing classrooms from a different school. However, this time seniors are missing out on the action back on the Rollins campus. With clubs and sports starting early yet again this year, meetings and practices are mostly happening during school hours. Tanson Chan, a  runner for d.tech’s cross country team, says he doesn’t get to run with the seniors as often anymore. He says, “Last year we ran almost everyday together after school, but since our campuses end at different times we only run together on Mondays and Thursdays.” Seniors miss out on community meetings, too. There has only been one so far, which Kate Hayashigatani, a sophomore, described  as entertaining and amusing. “We were playing a game where the @d.tech teacher tries to say a movie quote with a plastic mouth guard in his or her mouth while the @d.tech class tried to guess the movie. It was really funny watching Quincy trying to talk through the mouth guard.”

Although the two campuses are separated, we still have all-school activities, including the upcoming dance. The next half year will be a new and unique experience for d.tech students.

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