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Scurry Along: Dealing With Underclassmen In The Hallways

You stop at the bottom of the 300s staircase thinking about your next step when suddenly a breeze brushes by your head. The clashing of your belongings with an underclassman’s things jolts you as they carry on up the stairs. Irritated, you tread on up the 300s, thinking about how to format your upcoming timed […]

You stop at the bottom of the 300s staircase thinking about your next step when suddenly a breeze brushes by your head. The clashing of your belongings with an underclassman’s things jolts you as they carry on up the stairs. Irritated, you tread on up the 300s, thinking about how to format your upcoming timed essay. 

What is it about underclassmen? With missing a year of social interaction, the underclassmen act high and mighty. Do all freshmen start out this pompous? 

The senior hallway is usually filled with kids sitting against lockers, quietly talking amongst themselves. 

“That is not the case in this hallway,” says Ms. Chrys Cassetta, who resides in room 304. 

Whether standing in the middle of the hallway or casually stopping in their tracks on their way up the stairs, the 300s feel like being packed like sardines. Students are constantly swaying left and right, asking to be trampled on. 

Underclassmen don’t know how to walk. One foot follows the other, yet that doesn’t seem possible for most of them. While that sounds harsh, haven’t you experienced footsteps in 300s and 400s abruptly stopping in front of you?

“They just refuse to step out of your way when they see you coming,” Ms. Cassetta says. Whether it’s a phone in hand or a conversation being held, the staircase is not the place for your rest stop. 

More or less, there are two distinct personalities that underclassmen share. The meek, reserved one who doesn’t talk much in trying to find their crowd and the loud, irritating one who seems to have an endless word bank. 

The attention seeking attitude is evident everywhere. Why do they scream at odd times? The other day during break, a freshman randomly screamed for no reason — not that there would ever be a reason to scream at school. Everyone’s gaze diverted to the source, searching where the noise sprouted from, expressions varying from puzzled to annoyed. 

Nearly every lunch, empty chip bags and Snapple bottles lie scattered on tables. The culprit? The underclassmen. “They are not respectful of the climate here,” Ms. Cassetta expresses. “They think it’s really funny to open and close my door really quickly and loudly,” she says frustratingly. Why do they bang on the door and run away? What gratification do they get from that? 

Six seats surround the cafeteria table and with four taken, and two are left to be snatched by a stealthy hand of a sophomore. Sure enough, those two seats leave without so much as a “thanks.” “Sophomores tend to be somewhat narcissistic, so everything has to be about them,” Ms. Cassetta continues. 

“The sophomores are like a scratch in the middle of your back that you just can’t get rid of,” Joaquin Hernandez (‘23) observes.

The huffing and puffing of a frantic underclassman with a backpack is filled to the brim is a frequent sight. Freshmen, you have a locker for a reason. If you’re late, you’ll still be late regardless if you run faster. There’s nothing funnier than a bustling classroom stopping class to snicker at the kid running late. 

A sea of straight legged khakis and the well known Axe body spray flush the 300s hallway. Part of the reason most underclassmen follow the same trends is because it’s easy. “All of them like to conform to the same thing,” Lyka Pedersen (‘23) says. Everyone wants to fit in and be liked, so wearing those Air Force 1s means you fit right in with the crowd. It’s also easier to be friends with someone if you are similar to them. 

Aggravating as the underclassmen are, we were all once them. While they do test our patience, somehow we forget we were once in their place. It’s hard assimilating into a new environment. And while it’s a rite of passage to tease the underclassmen, we can understand where they are coming from. Hopefully, they will mellow out the following year.

“It is just something everyone goes through,” Lyka continues, thinking back to her freshman self. Most people tend grow out of the trends that seemed so revolutionary at the time.

Underclassmen aren’t used to the new high school environment and are unsure about everything, now more than ever with missing a year of seeing people face to face. It’s normal to enter freshman year exaggerating your personality so as to make new friends. While being that age is difficult, understand that you aren’t helping yourselves with the way you behave. Remember that you are welcome here, but please be aware of your surroundings and more considerate of others. 

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