Ravindu Ranatunga I Plank
High school can be a strange, confusing place. It’s a place where, in my first few weeks, I tried to open the wrong locker and reported it as broken, and held a casual conversation with the principal without even realizing who I was talking to. On top of that, as a freshman, you have to not only worry about getting to the right class, doing well in your academics, but trying to get involved in co-curricular activities, and of course, meeting new people and having fun.
Freshman Focus is here to help make this often rocky transition easier. It’s a column geared towards freshmen. In this section, we’ll be spotlighting events and news regarding things that you can get involved in. This is a place where you can come for clarification regarding upcoming events, the latest on activities all around the school, and general Jesuit greatness.
Our articles are written and constructed by a team of talented sophomores, including Kyle Jones, Nick Ellis, William Burke, and Tim Brannan. We were in your shoes a year ago exactly, and want nothing more but to make this intimidating first year easier on you.
One way you can get acclimated faster is getting involved in a club, sport, or arts program. Jesuit has dozens of such activities, and joining up is the perfect way to immediately immerse yourself in a group of students with similar interests. You only have one freshmen year, and you’ll find all kinds of rewards in spirit and body if you break out of your shell and get involved. Everyone is so open here, so don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand if you find yourself marooned in the hallway.
I would like to welcome you to Jesuit, and wish you all the best this year.