Students face difficulty transferring to Lincoln

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Transferring mid year as a high school student can be one the most difficult things a student can go through. For three months after Kylie Hearst  transferred to Lincoln she was sure that her classmates still didn´t know who she was or if she even existed.

Hearst, now a junior, began her transfer from Germany during the school year of 2017-2018. Hearst’s father  got a new job in the United States.

“I thought it would be fun, new friends and a new start, but I only ended up with few friends and they were transfers [too], later leaving me by myself, having to start all over,” said Kylie Heast about her first year at Lincoln.

Sophomore Aessiah Cummings transferred to Lincoln from Utah during the 2018-2019 school year due to his mother moving for a new job in Oregon.

Both Cummings and Hearst said they were scared about what was ahead for them when entering a new school. When it came to  getting to know people, however, it was hard for Hearst but it was easy for Cummings.

“I  ended up sitting and eating alone,” said Hearst, for  although she had a couple friends, she had begun to sit by herself during lunch trying to find where she would fit in.

“I didn’t find it hard to attend a new school. I found it to be fun for the fact that it’s not hard for me to make [new friends] or meet new people,” Cummings said. Cummings seemed to not find it hard to find new friends because he plays basketball, football and baseball. When it came to fitting in with a new crowd, he had no worries.

“I found it be easy to attend a new school for almost six months and to make the amount of friends I have,” Cummings said.

“It was not hard to attend a new school, but it became very hard to adjust to an American school after transferring back to America after leaving Germany,” Hearst  said.

The effects of transferring to a new school are well-known. Acco rding to an article in Education Week called “Student Mobility,” students who transfer to a new school are at risk.

“To be sure, multiple moves are a dangerous signal, but even one move increases the students risk of not graduating or getting delayed in graduating,” according to Russell Rumberger, an expert cited in the article.