The first day of classes at Coronados school is a big deal for students like 17-year-old Emily.
Her school was the first to start sending its students to Coronados high school on Thursday.
Emily, who is also a senior, told Mashable the day started out so much different than normal.
“It was really, really, just like we were here before,” Emily said.
“The first day was a lot of fun, I actually really enjoyed it.”
The students who made it through the first day, including Emily, were given special privileges at the school.
The school is also getting new security cameras, new restrooms, and a new cafeteria, and the cafeteria will also offer students a free breakfast.
But it was not a normal day for Emily.
Instead, the first lesson of her year began with a surprise.
“I was just thinking about my friends, how I know they’re going to be here,” Emily explained.
“And then my friend said, ‘Oh my God, it’s going to take a little while.'”
Emily said the first thing she thought of was her mom.
The two have been friends for years, and Emily said she and her mom have known each other for years.
“We kind of got to know each other through the school, through my friends,” Emily told Mashables.
“And my mom and I have been close for a long time, so that’s kind of the big thing.
But she just kind of took a few days to just kind get to know me, and we’re getting along really well, so we’re both super excited about it.”
Emily and her mother also spoke about how they were going to spend the first few days of class together.
“For me, it was really exciting,” Emily recalled.
“I think it was so much more comfortable, I think it’s really comfortable to be in the same room with my mom.
It’s really nice, it feels really good to be there with her.”
Emily said she also thought about her brother, who was in the next room, and what it would mean to be a family.
“My mom and my brother were kind of in the room, so I’m just really excited to be around them, and that’s just how it feels to be on a normal, day to day, day,” Emily continued.
“It’s really great to be with them.”
Emily’s parents, who live in Georgia, are also excited to get the day off and go to school.
Emily said her parents are already thinking about what to do with the next few days.
“This is really exciting, it makes it so much easier for them to be able to do things like take me to the doctor, so now we’re going in the right direction,” Emily added.
Emily said that the first class of the day was especially special because it was the day Coronadas new new football coach and football coordinator, Tony Dore, joined the school in 2019.
“The first class was just really special,” Emily shared.
“They had some amazing football players, and they really took care of us.
They were just so caring, and really supportive.
They’re very happy, and so are the other players.”
Emily is excited to start school with her mom and father, and she hopes to make new friends soon.
“You know, I know I’m going to miss them a lot, but I know it’s something I’m not going to go back to my old school and not be able get to meet them,” Emily stated.
“So that’s going a long way to help me start on that journey.”
Emily hopes to be at Corinado High in the fall, and said she’s also excited for her classmates to see her.
“Obviously, I’m so excited, and I’m definitely excited to see the new Coronads football team,” Emily admitted.
“They’re a really good football team, and Corinados is a really great school for them, so they’re super excited to go and be in Corinads new football stadium.”
Emily will be at school on the second day of school, and her parents hope she can make friends quickly.
“That’s a great thing, it just makes you feel like you can do anything,” Emily’s mom told Mashably.
“You just kind a feel like, ‘Okay, now I can do whatever I want to do.'”
Mashable’s Corinados editor Sarah O’Brien contributed to this report.