Student, Uno Network Charter School, Class of 2016,
A typical day in the life of an UNO student is as follows: You wake up, pull yourself out of bed, and struggle through Chicagoan rain, or snow, or hail, to UNO Garcia's campus, decorated by little trees and small shrubs with flowers of some sort. You push through the double doors of the glass building and line up in the atrium to have your uniform checked. If your uniform is acceptable and you're not short on time, you can head to breakfast (bagels with cream cheese, by far, the best breakfast choice), or you can roam the halls and sit with your friends in the student lounge area. When you've chatted it up enough and the bell is about to ring, you head to your first period class, and if this day is not a Wednesday, the rest of your classes up to fifth period. After fifth period, if you are a freshman or junior, you head to lunch. If you are a sophomore or senior, you head to advisory.
Advisory is a time for students to study, complete classwork (or homework due for your next class, if you're unfortunate enough), and bond with fellow "advisees" and their "advisors". Your advisory consists of students of the same gender and grade level--boys or girls just like you! (This makes it a lot easier to talk about how much you love or hate a certain student, class, or teacher, by the by.) Advisors are selected by the gender of their advisory and their availability, or whether or not they have an advisory. Often, your advisor will be a teacher whose class you'll have, so being nice is kind of important!
After advisory and lunch, which usually consists of rice, some sort of vegetable, a meat product, fruit, a milk carton, and cookies, you will drag your now tired and dead self to your afternoon classes, sixth, seventh, and eighth period. When the day is done (hooray!), some students go to clubs or sport practices, some go to eat at "La Cebollita" (or "The Little Onion", a Mexican restaurant across the street), some head to the gas station next to La Cebollita to stock up on chips for another long day, and most sit at the 47 Lake Park bus stop (also across the street!) waiting for their ride home. You choose between the plethora of things to do and, when you've done all you wanted, head home, do homework (if you're studious), eat, hit the sack, and prepare for another vest-and-tie day!
An UNO student is culturally accepting, full of life/energy/school spirit, determined, and kind beyond measure. Every UNO class is a small one, so the connections formed between students are so full of love and friendship that even I'm surprised sometimes! There have been countless instances in which I've fallen in the hallway and some student I've never met (an under classman) stopped to help me up. These same students and others have also banned together to help their teachers, members of various labor unions, in peaceful protest. UNO students hold numerous fundraisers when they're short on cash (which, unfortunately, is frequently) and work their tails off for fun days we can all call memorable!