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Relive the not-so-fresh moments of freshman year

Ah, freshman year. The year all students would like to expunge from existence. But, for seniors, the time has come to look these memories straight in the eye, to stop feeling embarrassed about them and to let out a hearty, relieved laugh that you are no longer a freshman.

Let’s face it – you were the runt of the school. You were smaller, weaker, less socially experienced than the towering varsity football players.

“I was walking through the cafeteria and I stepped on a backpack and slipped, then fell in front of a bunch of senior guys,” Erica Hefnawy ’15 said. “And that also happened to me my senior year, so I guess I came and left the same way.”

And whether you like to admit it or not, you’ve gotten lost one, two, maybe ten times.

“I walked into the the wrong classroom once, not to mention it was full of seniors,” Jake Berman ’15 said. “They all just laughed at me. That was pretty embarrassing, to say the least.”

Some have even been caught using the bathroom, except not in the correct bathroom.

“I was peeing somewhere I was not supposed to be peeing,” Luis Cruz ’15 said. “And two girls caught me. I was like: ‘Oh.’”

It’s almost impossible to forget some of the pretty horrendous fashion choices, too. Feather extensions, anyone? Sure, they were trendy back then, but now? No, just no.

“Everyone started doing dip dye and putting feathers in their hair,” Caroline Accardi ’15 said. “I was like, this is ridiculous.  You look like birds.”

And then there was the Ugg trend. Uggs! Really?

“Let’s just say they’re called Uggs for a reason, if you catch my drift,” Campbell Marsh ’16 said.

“I mean you’re practically wearing fur, but you know […] you do what you gotta do to stay warm,” Hefnawy said.

Sure, your freshman year was pretty cringe-worthy. And in a year or two, you get to experience it all over again in college.  Lucky you.

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Francesca Truitt
Francesca Truitt, Staff Writer
For an active, energetic, friendly member of the Staples community, Francesca “Frenchy” Truitt ’17 sure does apologize a lot. In fact, don’t let her read this bio - she’ll probably feel the need to apologize for it. A member of both the school’s cross country and track teams, bass player in sophomore orchestra, and, of course, staff writer for Inklings, Truitt demonstrates herself to be an involved team player with a wide variety of interests. A self-described humanities student, Truitt loves the arts. In fact, she sacrificed the opportunity to have a free in order to fit both her musical and journalistic interests into her schedule. The only thing more impressive than Truitt’s already-diverse set of interests and activities is her seemingly endless eagerness to branch out into more areas of the Staples community. For example, she’s aiming to hone her mathematical skills in this, her sophomore year. “I’m trying to become a math person,” said Truitt, “like, I’m trying really hard.” On top of that, Truitt plans to audition for Jazz Band this year. She played with her middle school’s chamber orchestra, and wants to get back the experience of playing music in a small group. Jazz Band would allow her to do that, as well as provide her the opportunity to play a different style of music. And of course, now beginning her first year as a member of Inklings, Truitt wants to develop her journalism skills. With such a desire to contribute to the Staples community in so many ways, it couldn’t be clearer that she has nothing to apologize for.