Upperclassmen create a welcoming environment for freshmen

The beginning of the school year marks another new group of freshmen nervously entering Darby High School. For many, high school seems daunting and without a welcoming environment in the school, it may be dreaded. 

   On many forms of social media including Tik Tok, there is a negative view of the freshmen class that could multiply the new students’ nerves. 

   Senior Nicole Logan notes that social media can be very influential.

   “Social media, this year especially, has affected the class of 2023 because everyone was hating on them even though there was never really a reason to,” said Logan.

   Having an upperclassman to help navigate this year can greatly reduce these nerves. 

   Freshman volleyball player Sydney Apling was both nervous and excited going into this year as she did not know many people at the school. 

   “They [the upperclassmen volleyball players] all welcomed me which made the start of the year better,” says Apling. 

   To create a welcoming environment, seniors look back at how they were treated as freshmen. Freshmen Orientation run by upperclassmen does a great job at introducing the freshmen to the school and getting them involved in activities. 

   Involvement in the school – whether that be through clubs, sports, arts, or other activities – makes high school more entertaining and lets students form bonds with their peers. These bonds can form into lasting friendships and help students meet others that they may not have met otherwise. 

 To create a welcoming environment, seniors look back at how they were treated as freshmen. Freshmen Orientation run by upperclassmen does a great job at introducing the freshmen to the school and getting them involved in activities.

   Freshman Orientation is a way for the new students to feel more confident coming into a new school. Senior Nicole Logan believes that Orientation is very effective. 

   “They get all the freshmen together and run through a day and the upperclassmen run it and they make sure that [the freshmen] feel comfortable before school starts,” explains Logan. 

   This day can also create connections between underclassmen and seniors.

   However, some freshmen do not feel welcomed. Social media is still prominent in daily life and has an effect on what happens inside of the school. Upperclassmen hope to limit the amount that social media affects the school.