How Christian Education Prepared Me for High School and Beyond

My name is Alex Sajjadi and this is my Mission Hills story. I attended Mission Hills Christian School from 7th grade to 8th grade, and I like to consider these as the years that changed my life. I grew up attending a large public elementary school, and when it became time to head off to junior high, my family thought that a small Christian school would be a better fit for me. They were right. I walked on to the campus as a shy, apprehensive, 7th grader, not knowing what the future had in store for my life. Mission Hills welcomed me with open arms. I never felt like a new kid or an outsider when I came to Mission Hills. I quickly became acquainted with everybody in my grade, which never would have happened at a large junior high. I met some of the most amazing friends at Mission Hills that I still keep in contact with on a daily basis, even though most of us go to different high schools. I thrived in Mission Hills’ unique community, and for the first time, I was a name and not a number at school. My teachers knew me personally and how I learned as a student. They knew when I was struggling and were always offering help. The teachers at Mission Hills are unlike any other teachers I know.

Although the teachers and friends that I met were incredible, what I really left Mission Hills with was an identity in Christ. I came to Mission Hills believing that Jesus was the Son of God, and that’s all I knew. Through daily Bible class and weekly chapel, I learned that Christianity is so much more than just knowing who Jesus is. At Mission Hills I learned what it was like to have a relationship with God, how much He loves me, and how he has a perfect plan for my life. With knowing God, I gained an identity in Him, and with this new foundation, I became confident and strong in my faith.

I am now a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, and the shy 7th grader who walked on the campus six years ago has accomplished more than she could have ever imagined. I have run for class president, held a position on my school’s ASB for the past two years, planned all of the social events at my school, and was voted most spirited in the senior class. I couldn’t have done any of this without the confidence that I gained from Mission Hills.

My junior high experience at Mission Hills not only brought out a whole new side of me, it also prepared me for my future--academically, spiritually, and socially. Mission Hills taught me about having a relationship with God and building character that honors Him. Mission Hills changed my life and has given me the tools that I needed to succeed at Trabuco Hills High School and that I will need as I begin attending Point Loma Nazarene University in the fall. I am thankful for my junior high years at MHCS and how God used them to build in me a firm faith foundation that will be with me throughout my life.