By: Molly Norton, Brooke Sthur, and Kacey Decker
Being a senior means more to our junior class than just attending our final year of high school. We are obligated to take into account how other senior classes have gone about being the top of the food chain. As George Santayana once said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
Some have previously acted like tigers scouting prey, targeting underclassmen.
We hope that next year our senior class does not act like tigers, but rather will act like mama bears do to their baby cubs. Jill Cosgrove concurs saying, “Maybe we should be more friendly and not be as rude and not say things are ‘seniors only.’ Madison Holloway then added “There is no need to pick on freshmen, everyone is a freshman at one point”.
The feeling of being targeted as an underclassmen is not only felt inside Duxbury, it is a topic often brushed under the rug across the whole country. In an article titled “Why Do Upperclassmen Pick on Freshman?” published on the site Quora, it is said that underclassmen are most picked on because they are viewed as naive, annoying, dumb and followers by older students. Upperclassmen like being the ones in charge of the rest of the school’s students for their own boost of confidence.
Quinn Fleming, now a junior, reflects on her time being a freshman and how upperclassman treated her saying, “I remember never wanting to leave my room because of how upperclassmen treated me without even knowing me and that made me feel like I wasn’t even worth getting to know. I just remember feeling so small.”
Due to this mistreatment, Fleming has become a stronger person and learned a few things, such as, “Don’t make people feel small so you can feel big” adding, “you really have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. You should never feel as though you should have to hide your face from others. Don’t sacrifice your own happiness.”
If you are reading this and remember the 2014-2015 school year, ask yourself if you owe someone an apology. If you do not, but can remember a time when you’ve hurt someone’s feelings, please remember that it is never too late to apologize.
In light of coming up with ways to differentiate our senior year from previous years, juniors offered their knowledge and advice.
Olivia Duvall said, “In my high school experience, the seniors have taught me that it does not matter what others think, as long as you’re happy with yourself. So even if someone older than you or someone else around you does not agree with what you like, what you want to do, and how you feel, then it doesn’t matter what they think; it matters what you think. As an older person, you should never treat a younger person disrespectfully or less than you just because they are younger than you. We are all the same.”
Similarly, Sean Craffey suggested, “I would like our grade to be better role models for the kids we share our school with. I think it’s important for us to lead by example and show that you can still have a good time while making safe decisions and being yourself.” The class of 2018 wants to overall just be different than past seniors.
Junior Ben Sullivans advice plays off of Craffeys, saying, “Try and stay out of trouble because I know in the past, senior classes in particular have had issues with getting in trouble a lot, so maybe our class will do well with staying out of trouble.”
Making changes has been a major theme across all juniors interviewed.
To conclude all advice, Andrew Russo said “Well, just don’t bring ecstasy to senior night out.”