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Senior Season

Senior year is notorious for going hand in hand with a whole lot of lasts: goodbyes from close friends, “see you laters” to the favorite administrators, and preparing to close this chapter of our young adult lives only to partake on the next big journey. Although there are far more lasts than firsts, the seniors […]

Senior year is notorious for going hand in hand with a whole lot of lasts: goodbyes from close friends, “see you laters” to the favorite administrators, and preparing to close this chapter of our young adult lives only to partake on the next big journey.

Although there are far more lasts than firsts, the seniors are part of a tradition here at Christian Brothers where they are rewarded with “Senior Privileges” towards the end of the year. This means that the senior class (if earned) can drop the khakis, polos, and clean cut appearances to wear their own personalized looks to school for the first time in four years. To many, this may seem trivial, but to us, it’s long awaited and well deserved.

I asked some of my fellow Class of ‘18 pals to see just how they felt about this newfound freedom. Jonny Stone (‘18) used the senior privileges to grow a hardy mustache that he claims was somewhat out of laziness, but also for the flex.

“I think my favorite thing about finally getting the senior privileges is that I can be lazy and not have to worry about shaving Sunday night,” he says. “It is a slight flex to be honest, but I don’t have all the clout to grow a full beard”.

When asked if his facial hair will be making a debut this summer as well, Jonny was quick to ensure me that this was only the beginning of the facial hair days.

“The beard will for sure make an appearance this summer. But I will definitely have my 12 year old baby face this summer as well”.

Aside from the power move, the ability to grow out facial hair is an evident symbol of being the big dogs on campus. Even if the freshmen were physically capable of growing some stubble, they would be written up on spot for the classic lunch detention garbage cleanup.

Jonny is one of many seniors, including myself, who find it astonishing how fast these four years have flown by. We were all told that high school comes and goes in the blink of an eye, but it really becomes even more evident when the end of the year roles around and it’s finally our turn to utilize the senior entitlement.

“It is a little weird to think we’re finally the oldest on campus because some people look up to me, but other people just know me too well and joke around and mess around with me”.

Karly Kiefer (‘18) is another one of my peers who decided to undergo a drastic change to her appearance after the senior privileges began. Karly decided to sport a new pink hairdo for the remainder of the year to spice up her look.

When asked if the new strawberry shortcake hair was for the show or fun, Karly informed me that her decision stemmed from the previous four years partaking in the senior tradition and an opportunity to strut her stuff.

“I think it’s a fun senior tradition to do and a way to actually show some fun expression at school”.

The pink hair is a noticeable indicator that Karly is a senior while walking through the CB halls, but does she let this factor get to her head (or should I say hair)?

“Being a top dog on campus is a dope feeling to have in the halls. It’s weird becoming a senior because we all carry ourselves with more confidence”.

“It’s crazy when I was a ‘freshie’ I kinda knew who was who and which grade’ but as a senior I barely know any of the underclassmen”.

Karly recalls the days of being a vulnerable and frightened frosh, so she doesn’t let being a senior..

Camilla Patterson (‘18), a well recognized fashionista here at Christian Brothers, enjoys the senior privileges for entirely opposing reasons. She has been itching to wear her stylish fits to school for what was 14 years of private school dress code. But now she is finally able to reveal her adorable closet.

“My favorite part is finally being able to wear outfits that I feel comfortable and confident in everyday,” she says. “More than that though I love seeing how other people dress and seeing their personality come through in what they wear”.

Camilla’s love for fashion makes these last few weeks of senior year all the more special for her because she gets to see her peers express themselves, too.

Although Cam loves the ability to show her personal style, the privileges also mean that our time here at CB is coming to a close. For many, the Christian Brothers community has been a second home, which makes the goodbye all the more difficult, even if we are ready to begin the new and exciting chapter.

“I feel like the whole seniority and respecting the higher grades doesn’t really apply to our school like it used to, but it’s definitely bittersweet because freshman year doesn’t seem like it was that long ago,” Camilla says.

“As a freshman I totally looked up to the seniors and always loved what they wore for privileges so it’s weird to think that maybe freshmen are looking up to us”.

Senior privileges are a transition to a new life and a goodbye to an old one, a chance to express ourselves, and guilty as charged, might be a little for the flex, too.

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