Solitary Seniors

As the Coronavirus continues to take over the world, many people are missing out on important times in their lives. Seniors, for example, are excluded from objectively, their most prominent year of high school. From the beginning of high school, every student waits for the day they can call themselves a senior. Unfortunately, due to […]

As the Coronavirus continues to take over the world, many people are missing out on important times in their lives. Seniors, for example, are excluded from objectively, their most prominent year of high school. From the beginning of high school, every student waits for the day they can call themselves a senior.

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances, seniors are not exposed to the feelings of walking the halls as the “big man on campus,” leading the cheering section at games, being a leader for the younger classes, and all other experiences that seniors wait for throughout all of high school.

Henry Oxsen (’21) is a member of KBFT, and the advanced media arts program. Henry was assigned a project earlier in the quarter that required him to team up with his classmates to create a video, but they had to stay six feet apart during the process. Henry and his group members are putting their creativity to the test working around COVID-19 to create the best video they possibly can.

“It’s super challenging because [KBFT Program Director] Mr. Hogan has restricted us with such tight guidelines, and we have to make it Coronavirus acceptable. It could be this awesome video, but we just have to make do and make it the best we can.”

Though he’s disappointed with the restrictions, he has hope that he can continue his love for media in college and beyond. Outside of video arts, Henry feels that missing out on his senior Holy Games will affect him the most. Although nobody knows what’s to come in the future, it definitely feels like a major loss to Henry losing the opportunity to go to Holy Bowl as a senior.

“There’s nothing comparable to the student body vibe where everyone is all together. We won’t have that opportunity to sit in the front,” he says. “I’ve literally been wanting that since sixth grade and that was taken from me.”

Henry is able to look at the bright side of things and can value what CB is doing for him through quarantine.

“They’ve been helping me with where to apply and how to apply to college and I think that’s definitely worth the tuition that my parents are paying for. My friends from other schools have to do it all alone, so knowing that makes me appreciate my education even more.”

Religion teacher Mr. Paul Havey is definitely an active member of the Christian Brothers community. Mr. Havey had an interesting point, as he mentioned the seniors missing out on their opportunities to lead and be involved in various groups on campus.

“I think the freshmen have it the worst in that they don’t even get to experience what CB is like. Seniors at least have two and a half years of the experience, even though they’re missing out on a lot right now.”

Mr. Havey emphasized that it’s important to talk to one another face to face rather than just using social media.

“Do your best to stay in touch with each other,” he added. “Probably the biggest thing going on is loneliness. Make that time to FaceTime.”

People usually only post the best parts of their lives on social media, which shadows the reality that others in our position need to see. In times of struggling, it can potentially bring comfort to one knowing that others are going through the same thing.

“Yes, take care of school, but take care of your emotional needs first,” he says.

Though Mr. Havey may come across as a bit of a tough guy sometimes, he has a soft heart and really cares for the students and only wants the best for them. Being a teacher at Christian Brothers for a significant amount of time has allowed him to really get a sense of how seniors impact the CB community as a whole.

“You guys make a major influence on CB and I don’t think you realize that. Your footprints when you leave CB are still present.”

He also says COVID-19 has bonded our community and made it stronger.

“Individually, whenever we face suffering and look for support, we grow. It can leave a bad taste in our mouths afterwards, but the reality is we grow stronger from the adversity and difficulties. I see the courage in our community to move forward and to do our best and that to me says a lot.”

Faith Mucheru (‘21) is known as one of Christian Brothers’ best basketball players. Senior athletes depend on their senior year for colleges to recruit them.

“My recruitment situation is definitely going to be an interesting process, and it’s going to be harder to get videos out to recruiters.”

She is currently training at a private gym with coaches and getting as much footage as possible. She’s not too worried about her skills as a player, but rather how to reach out to colleges.

“Footage is the top tier thing that gets people recruited, but I’m very fortunate to be able to take individual videos of me playing. It’s all based on the technique now and that changes everything.”

Thankfully, based on her play last year, coaches have already reached out to her, but she’s still keeping her options open. But Faith is still keeping her positive side that everyone knows and loves.

“I have faith that we will get our season and words can’t express how disappointed I’m about to be if we don’t get our senior season because I’ve worked so hard and I just want to show them what I got,” she says. “The best feeling was playing at Golden One with such a big crowd and winning that section title. If that’s the last time I play for Christian Brothers, that’s pretty much the best it gets under the circumstances.”

Aside from basketball, she mentions Holy Bowl, as that’s a huge factor of the Christian Brothers’ experience.

“We could’ve beat Jesuit again. Everyone wants that chemistry with their community and that’s one thing Holy Bowl did for us.”

Thankfully, she is trying to maintain a positive mindset about the whole quarantine. She is really thankful that she’s staying at CB despite the missed opportunities of the senior experience.

“Right now, I feel like counselors are definitely coming in clutch and making the situation better than most other schools. I feel my teachers are doing their job, and it’s been decently effective.” 

Thankfully, Faith has been planning for her future for a while now and she is prepared for what is to come after CB. She is obviously devastated about missing out on the “senior experience” but she continues to carry on with a cheerful attitude.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances of this year that we are all facing, members of the Christian Brothers’ community continue to strive for an optimistic outlook. Every member of the community knows how awesome the school and its chemistry are. It really is unfortunate that this year’s seniors won’t get to experience a typical first semester at the very least.

Our last Holy Bowl, Holy Court, Homecoming, and many other activities were taken from us, but at least we had the opportunity to experience these in our past years at Christian Brothers. I assume that the majority of the students can agree that CB really is the place to be, and we know that no matter what happens, we’ll always remain a family even through the hardest of times. 

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