Looking past freshmen stereotypes

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Popularized in the 1993 film, “Dazed and Confused”, most freshmen hazing is exaggerated and not true.

With first quarter coming to an end, students have matured and adapted to their new classes, especially the freshmen, who came into the school likely overwhelmed. However, many freshmen have explained how they do not necessarily fall into stereotypes of newbies who are constantly lost. 

While a freshman most likely would not know the ropes at first, freshmen are not as naive as some upperclassmen think they are. At least not to the extent romanticized by the conventional, inaccurate movies that perpetuate these images of freshmen.

Like all stereotypes, there are going to be some parts that are true and some parts that are not, but it differs from person to person. Some freshmen will be less mature than others, some will adapt quicker and get with the program, some are wide-eyed at first, and so on and so forth.

“I think some [freshmen] would take [stereotypes] as a joke, but some would think of it to be true or false,” said Srta. Tierney, Spanish teacher.

However, most, if not all the time, the stereotype is used as a joke.

“Last year when they called the freshmen [at a pep rally] they were booed,” said Michael Hu, sophomore.

In a more recent pep rally, Mike Smith, the speaker and self proclaimed “professional teenager” that kicked off the school year, called out the freshmen in his speech as well for their lack of enthusiasm. 

In general, the freshmen are not treated as bad as freshmen expect to be. There are no pennies thrown or students stuffed in lockers. 

“[Freshman year] is going much better than expected,” said Humar Usain, freshman.

Most freshmen agreed that the expected hazing was overblown and the year has been overall positive, especially the cafeteria food, which most agreed is actually pretty good.