Incoming freshmen often fear adapting from their middle schools to a foreign environment. With distance learning in place, the school’s duty to aid freshmen with transitioning to high school is now more important than ever. However, the school, once again, is irresponsibly neglecting its duties by being extremely uncommunicative and unorganized.
Motivating Matadors (MoMa), a freshman assimilation program, carries the responsibilities of introducing freshmen to the campus and assisting them with adapting to high school. Yet, regardless of being cognizant of the vital role they play, the club has done nothing since school began. The first couple of months MoMa attempted to coordinate ultimately amounted to nothing, denying freshmen of a smoother transition. MoMa’s inactivity greatly impaired freshmen as the first months are crucial when acclimating into new surroundings.
While MoMa is the main source of support for freshmen, the administration is just as accountable for helping them. By not displaying an ounce of effort to assist freshmen with adjusting to high school, the administration left an entire incoming class feeling lost, confused, and stressed. The administration disregarded hosting a freshman summit and instead diverted the responsibility to student bodies, namely ASB.
However, ASB was just as ineffective. Having freshmen rely solely on ASB’s weekly homeroom videos is a futile attempt at distributing information. Homeroom videos hardly scrape the surface of information compared to what MoMa supposedly covers. Besides homeroom videos, ASB’s club fair was a debacle. The club fair’s poor organization defeated its purpose of teaching freshmen about clubs, hindering them from becoming involved with the school. The club fair was not advertised whatsoever, and the times, locations, and dates were neither announced nor clarified.
Admittedly, it is more difficult to aid freshmen with transitioning to high school in a virtual setting, but the school is obligated to produce a greater effort to help freshmen adapt to high school. There is no excuse as every other aspect of school, including classes and extracurriculars, adapted. The bare minimum is being organized and communicative, but the school failed to accomplish either of those.
It is unrealistic to have one school group bear the responsibility of being freshmen’s main source of guidance. MoMa must become active and collaborate with other school resources, such as ASB, to accommodate the needs of freshmen. Through virtual meetings, freshmen can communicate any concerns as MoMa is meant to be a welcoming community of peers.