Would you recommend attending Murrah High School if you had the choice? Why or why not?


Anonymous, Student, Murrah High School, Class of 2016

Yes, I would absolutely recommend attending Murrah High School. As a child, my parent's moved homes often, which meant that I moved schools often. The frequency that I changed schools increased ten-fold when I went into the foster care system in the fifth grade. Up until I was adopted last year, I have been shuffled through various different schools throughout different cities and even states. While this might sound like a horror fest for some teens, I am actually really grateful for the experiences it has provided me. I have been to a total of 12 schools in my life, and even so, I would still recommend Murrah.

My experience throughout all of the schools that I have attended is that the physical schools matters much less than the students who attend it. While having great teachers and resources available is obviously a great addition to any school, I don't believe that it is the most important thing when considering what school you want to attend. Murrah high school is not the most lavish school that I have been to. In fact, there are a few classrooms held in the portables in the back of the school that have doors that are falling off of their hinges, only to be saved by respectable grey duct tape. Nevertheless, Murrah is a great school because of its students. As I've mentioned in the previous section, students at my school are motivated, smart, and socially aware. These traits should not be looked at lightly, either. While a great teacher is a valuable asset to a student, a great peer is even more valuable. The reason is because students are more willing and able to extract information from those of similar ages than those who are much older. This idea is similar to that of the socio-psychological theory similarity-attraction, which states that "the more similar our attitudes and beliefs are to those of others, the more likely it is for them to be attracted to us", according to Giles and Smith in 1979. People value others who are similar to them, which explains why students are more willing to learn from their peers.

Fortunately, students at Murrah are some of the brightest I have ever met. Unfortunately, these students aren't always able to obtain the resources that would help them thrive in an academically challenging environment. Nevertheless, these students have taught me more about life, passion and education than any of the peers at my other schools combined. They truly make Murrah a worthwhile place to be, and I would recommend other students to experience what our school has to offer.

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