Breaking down class stereotypes

There is a big difference between 13-14 year olds and 18-19 year olds, freshman and seniors, including maturity, height and responsibility. High school is full of social differences, especially among its students.

Freshmen are stereotypically careless, childish and don’t think of high school as a big deal; however, freshmen themselves may have a different perspective. 

“They [upperclassmen] think that we’re less of a person because we’re new,” said freshman Rachel Preuss.

 These stereotypes that people are taught may be detrimental to the people whom they are about. It can create an untrue guideline that all freshmen think they have to follow. Preuss said that she believed that she fit the stereotype for 9th graders although she believes that a person’s maturity level is affected by how they were raised and their environment.

Perhaps the generalization for freshmen can be used in a positive way. It can help people understand what freshman year can be like. However, a person’s character should never be judged and predetermined because of what everybody is told about a certain group of people.

“Weird, interesting and playful,” were the first words that came to Preuss’s mind when describing her classmates.

Generalized as simple and naive, sophomores tend to hang around upperclassmen. Many sophomores disagree with stereotypes.

 “A lot of them are hard working. I would say, also disruptive and over-it, they’re just tired.   “They’re starting to figure out that they’re actually growing up,” sophomore Maisyn Frey said. 

“It’s a lot of late nights, doing homework. You’re starting to take AP classes; you’re starting to get a sense of how hard high school can be,” Frey said. 

Sophomore year can be a rude awakening for students. It can help students grow academically and socially; and it creates a basis of responsibility for the growing students. Sophomores shouldn’t be looked down upon just because they aren’t old enough to be considered mature or because they aren’t taking harder classes.

Juniors are considered more mature and tend to be hard working. They often take on much more than they can deal with; however, this may not be totally true, according to some juniors.

“I’m supposed to be really smart and take hard classes. I’m like, always stressed out,” junior Fabby Castillo said

“The classes that you’re taking are harder than the classes you were taking in your previous years, so it’s just… a lot more stress,” Castillo said 

She explained that being a junior can be stressful and can put a lot of pressure on a student. Junior year’s stereotype of being hard is not only a generalization, but a warning to underclassmen.

Stereotypically, seniors are made out to be fun, tired of school and stressed out constantly. Not all seniors follow this stereotypical path.

“I thought senior year would be the hardest, academically, but it was easy in that regard…” said senior Carrson Piazza.

Senior year can be a fun year, a break from what is normally expected. There is generally less stress and less school work. Some seniors must focus on ACTs, SATs and getting accepted into colleges.

Piazza said that the majority of seniors are “accomplishers and characters .” 

Seniors are much more than just the last grade before college; they’re becoming adults and learning how to pave their way in life.

At the end of the day, stereotypes and generalizations are not always correct although many people know this. There are many exceptions to this stereotype: Many students seem to bend the stereotype and become their own person.