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post #1 of 2 Old 08-04-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Facing quite the dilemma...

I go to a school that is facing a huge budget cut and is consolidating the school system (7th and 8th graders will now be in the same school as the high schoolers). This isn't going to "ruin my life" or anything (I'll be a sophomore), and its not like we didn't expect this (we live in a pretty small town...around 7,000 people on a good day), but it is definitely a turn off of the school.

Its been my dream to be on the high school equestrian team for years. We have one, but the people are definitely "off their rocker" and have a history of scamming people and being, overall, dishonest. I'm not putting my horse through that. Another reason I can't is because they practice once a week in a town a an hour away from the barn I board my horse at. There is no way we can afford to haul him down there once a week. I can't use a different horse because I'm interested in the Eq team primarily for jumping, and they all ride western.

Its not likely I can join another school's equestrian team while attending a different school. So, I'm considering switching schools.

There is an eq team at school a half hour away from my house, and its a great school. The eq team is pretty good. The trouble is, it would be an hour away from the barn. Again, I doubt I'd be able to get my horse there for practice. However, it's a very good school (unfortunately, my school's biggest rival xD I'd be called a traitor, but that's the least of my problems!)

There's another school 20 minutes from my house, and around 15 minutes from the barn (I don't know how it works out like that, but it does :o) They are a very small school, but they have a lot of money. They are also consolidated (middle schoolers and high schoolers mixed), but again, its not a huge issue. A new family moved up there and is considering starting an equestrian team. The riders up there are not as good as the ones from the other school, but its still an equestrian team.

But its not as easy as "Okay, the obvious solution is to switch schools!"
There is a couple big issues holding me back. One is the high school band.

We are arguably one of the top high school bands in Michigan. The instructor is absolutely amazing, and it's my favorite class. The bands in the other schools, well, suck. I wouldn't do band anymore if I were to switch. To leave that band would be really difficult.

Another issue is the course offerings. I'm not too sure about what they offer at the schools, but I don't think there is as many as the ones at the school I attend now. This is an easy-to-fix issue; I just take a look at the course offerings. But I'm worried it won't be as good.

Right now, I'm aiming to go to Michigan State University in veterinary medicine, and be on there equestrian team. Course offerings, therefore, are very important to me.

The last issue is my friends. I've been in this school system my entire life, and moving would mean I lose contact with a lot of them. That, again, would be painful.

I really don't know what to do. Any advice?
Thanks for reading!!

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-06-2011, 07:34 AM
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For me it sounds that there are more cons than pros in moving the school. What I often advise in situations like that is count pros and cons and your feelings and decide then. Does the new school offer courses which would be able to lead into veterinary medicine? You can start with trying out to find that.

Would it be able to live out the horse hobby some other way? Or try to find a possibility to start a some kind of new team at your current school?

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