Life at JTD
Student Voice

Nicholas Cuse '02

My Second Home

Every weekday morning I rise out of bed, put on my uniform, munch on a quick breakfast, and then head out to my car. Although it is filled with a myriad of children my age, my vehicle is completely silent, all childish energy subdued by the morning drowsiness. As the car rumbles and pulls out of my driveway, you might think I was leaving home, but for me it's not really like that. For me it's more like going from one home to another, because the place I am going still has familiarity, happiness, friends, and teachers. The place I am going also, like my home, means a lot to me. The place I am going it J.T.D.
From the welcome cheeriness in preschool to the helpful guidance in sixth grade, J.T.D. has always been like a second home to me. There is nothing I like more than to walk into my classroom after a long vacation and see all my friends and teachers again, their smiles as strong as ever. Sometimes I even sit at home alone and wish that I could be at J.T.D., where I always have a humorous friend to laugh with and a wise teacher to ask advice of.

Like home, it is not only the place J.T.D. that means so much to me, it is what I come away with from it. When I first came to J.T.D. I was like an uneducated block of stone, but, through the years, my teachers have shaped me into a knowledgeable statue. My J.T.D. experience has been a lot of fun, too. I can sill remember the overflow of joy and pride that came out of my tiny kindergarten body when I read my first sentence and the excitement that pulsed through my veins when I read my first poem to the rest of my class. J.T.D. has given me a sense of self-value that I have never had anywhere else; a golden feeling of contentment that is so completely satisfying.

Leaving J.T.D. this year is going to be like leaving my home, and I can't say it's something I'm looking forward to. J.T.D. has been part of my everyday life for nine years, and it's hard to imagine what life would be like without it. Yet, even when I move on to a new school, J.T.D. will not be gone. It will always be in my heart and never be forgotten.

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.