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Why You Should Be Nice To The Freshmen

“Young”– Isaiah Tandoc (‘18) “Stupid”– Julia Padilla (‘18) “Babies”– Nick Rubio (‘18) These words may call to mind a group of naive infants toddling to their inevitable demise, but this scene is not what they depict. These people are describing none other than Christian Brothers’ very  own class of 2021 — our beloved freshmen. “Freshmen can be pretty annoying,” said […]

“Young”– Isaiah Tandoc (‘18)

“Stupid”– Julia Padilla (‘18)

“Babies”– Nick Rubio (‘18)

These words may call to mind a group of naive infants toddling to their inevitable demise, but this scene is not what they depict. These people are describing none other than Christian Brothers’ very  own class of 2021 — our beloved freshmen.

“Freshmen can be pretty annoying,” said Julia, continuing her nasty attack on the youngest class.

Maybe the newest additions to the CB family aren’t exactly doted upon. But why not? Cross Country runner and student council member Layla Airola (‘21) thankfully does not notice anyone’s complaints about her peers.

“People don’t really hate us,” she said. “Freshmen might hate on freshmen the most.”

This seems, for the most part, true.

“One of my teachers said ‘gosh, everyone loves your class.’ I think the teachers think that our class is better than some others,” Layla said, giggling.

A point of view similar to this one is rather popular across campus. But some upperclassmen still have a bone to pick with the freshmen.

“I wish that they would walk faster in the halls. They don’t know where they’re going!” ranted Julia. “Also, I’ve noticed that they don’t really cheer at rallies and games.”

Julia is certainly not the first (nor the last) person to complain about the perpetually sluggish ninth graders. At one point, all of us have collided with a swollen backpack trying to make its way to Spanish I and paused to grumble “freshmen”. 

“When navigating through the hallways, I close my eyes and army crawl until I reach my destination,” said Rubi Fernandez (’21). “Either that or I grab on to a senior’s backpack and pray to the Lord.”          

It’s undeniable that this is an inconvenience, but the next time it happens, think about why this incident occurred. Freshmen are still learning the layout of the Christian Brothers campus, so it makes sense that they may be confused about how to get to where they’re going.

“For my first few months at CB, I didn’t know there was a 600s hallway,” said Rubi.

Another common conception about freshmen is that they lack school spirit. Although they often participate in cheers at rallies and attended the Homecoming Dance in droves, their number at football games is notoriously low, and the aforementioned cheers are not the loudest at the school. Layla agrees that her peers could improve in the spirit department.

“I think that, mostly, everyone feels uncomfortable [showing school spirit]. We could be more spirited in school activities and rallies and stuff,” she says.  

These alleged problems are less important than the reasons why they exist. Layla says it best — everyone feels uncomfortable. This is the true issue regarding freshmen, and it should be our priority to make them feel as if CB is their home as soon as possible.

Thankfully, we are beginning to make the necessary adjustments to help our baby birds adapt to the new school. Lock-in has been a significant event for years and introduces incoming freshmen to each other, the campus, and even a few seniors. A new development this year is the Falcon Families, in which a group of freshmen meet with an assigned leader of the senior class. This allows them to have an upperclassman mentor to show them the ropes even if they do not have a sibling or an older friend.

We hold out hope that freshmen can skip the awkward stage adapt to the Christian Brothers environment ASAP. It’s unlikely that we will leave the days of gargantuan book bags and crowded hallways behind us, but, as Layla wisely said, “we’ll get there.”

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