Freshmen reflect on first weeks

Members of the Class of ’22 reflect on their start at Mount Michael. 64 new faces from 30 different schools joined the school community this year.

Freshman year at Mount Michael can be a time characterized by initial chaos. A time when scared, and sometimes helpless, middle school students mature. The freshmen learn to do things for themselves and to balance a tough academic and athletic workload.

Thrown into a group of strangers, the class must tolerate each other and eventually love one another as brothers. The class of 2022 has only been at the Mount for a couple of weeks, yet the marks of knights have begun to show.

“I really haven’t been here long yet,” Chris Angel ‘22 said, “but every new day is fun and kind of an adventure. I’ve gotten to hang out with friends 24/7 while also meeting some cool teachers and running cross country.”

During his first two weeks, Angel placed 13th in the cross country time trial and is running for freshman class president. He also made it clear that the adjustment to dorm life hasn’t bothered him a bit.

“Really the only big difference from home is that I have to go to bed earlier,” he said.

José Gaytan ‘22 agrees that adjusting to dorm life isn’t all that hard.

“I actually really like sleeping in the bunks. It’s different and kind of fun. It’s just a little bit harder to sleep than at home with all the little noises,” Gaytan said.

For Gaytan and Angel, the bonds of Mount Michael brotherhood have already started to form. Gaytan even stated that’s why he enrolled.

“I heard about the close bonds between students from my brother [Maximo Gaytan ‘20], and I really wanted that for myself,” he said.

Angel values the brotherhood at Mount Michael as well.

“We’re all here for each other, and I don’t think you can find that anywhere else.” he said.

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