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Interview with Alpha Omega student

Zayn BouladYear 12

My name is Zayn Boulad and I started here at Alpha in 2020, I was in year 10 at the time. And it was honestly a beautiful transfer for me cause at my old school they didn’t have the services and stuff that they do at Alpha. And I wasn’t sure as well, what I wanted to do. I heard the Alpha really supported students. So. after transferring here, honestly in the first couple of weeks I didn’t really see a massive change, but as we started to get towards the assessments and stuff like that, the teachers really, the way they supported us was honestly amazing. It was beautiful for me to see as well. And how the students also, how they help you and the group work that goes on here in the school, it’s nothing compared to any other school in my opinion. And compared to my old school, here, it’s so much more as a cohort rather than individually based, if that makes sense.

So my expectations of Alpha was obviously just what people told me about it, the studies, the PD, the mentoring. how the teachers treated you, the support you get, all the cliché stuff you hear about it. But honestly when I first came here, it was in the first two, three weeks. It actually exceeded my expectations. My first PD, I still remember it was honestly the message that Yusef was trying to portray. honestly so powerful. And even the study periods just exceeded my expectations as to how students study, just by looking at them and everyone has their heads down studying. And as soon as you look up, everyone still has their heads down, and it just gives you that extra boost of motivation that didn’t exist before. So honestly, even the study periods alone just by themselves exceeded my expectations. And the teachers, when you walk into the classroom, it’s just– they are so energetic, they’re so enthusiastic to teach, It’s like they don’t even treat it like a job, and honestly taught me as a student not to treat being a student as a burden, or something you wake up as a burden to do, something to enjoy. So, I think the energy was reflected upon me, if that makes sense.