Hey Big Lou, I am a new freshman and I’m really scared of the upperclassmen, what should I do?
by Louie Demetroulakos on Friday, September 19th, 2014
Well hello there you young blossoming freshman wildflower. Your question intrigues me because I promise you that many of your peers are feeling the same way at this time in the year. My advice today will make you challenge yourself, and it may be a bit scary, but challenges will make your Milton experience much more rewarding. Speaking on behalf of the upperclassmen, I can tell you that we want to get to know you freshmen. You are all new faces, new personalities, and new members of the community, and that means we want to get to know how you can make Milton a better place. My first piece of advice is to simply find an upperclassmen walking alone. Follow this upperclassmen until you find an opportunity to say hello. I know that may be scary, but I promise we won’t bite you or stomp on you with our large Mustang hooves. Just introduce yourself and talk to him or her about your interests. If you start a conversation with an upperclassmen, you have displayed amazing confidence, helped strengthen our community, and possibly made a new friend. If you are wondering how to act around upperclassman, simply be yourself. We want to get to know you and find out what you are interested in. If you spend your whole freshman year holed up in a cave of fear, you will lose out on the opportunity to meet and foster relationships with upperclassmen. Besides, you never know who you could end up meeting…some of us are going to be famous writers, actors, athletes, politicians, business people. If you came up to me out of nowhere and introduced yourself, I promise it will leave a positive lasting impression on me. We are a community after all, and if you don’t make an effort to overcome your fear of upperclassmen, it keeps us from reaching out across classes to strengthen the community. One of my favorite parts of being an upperclassman is meeting new students. You are all so happy to be here and be a part of the community. Please step outside your comfort zone and introduce yourself to me or any of the other three hundred fifty upperclassmen. I promise we will make you feel right at home. I hope my advice was helpful and I hope to see you talking to and enjoying the company of an upperclassman sometime soon.
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