Involvement outside of class key to 4-year experience
Jack Macias ’14
A student’s life at any high school can be extremely stressful and full of surprises, both good and bad.
At Brophy, there is an emphasis to be an active member of the community, both in sports and extracurricular activities or both.
With the plethora of clubs and the high standards for students, there are many chances for a student to feel overwhelmed in the daily routine.
For juniors and seniors, college applications and the SATs and ACTs contribute too much of the stress, while for freshman and sophomores, many are trying to find themselves and what they enjoy and wish to participate in.
Besides the daily stress from homework, family and friends, Brophy students are expected to go above and beyond what is expected of them.
With more than 50 active clubs, from the Key Club to the Monty Python club, the average student has many of ways to explore and see what he enjoys and hopes to do after graduation.
Students have the ability to go on retreats for all four years, from the frosh retreat to Kairos as juniors and seniors, some of which require multiple days away from campus.
Even though all of this might cause stress, ultimately it is what will define our high school experience.
While many students come to Brophy for the Jesuit education, this is not what ends up defining them at this school.
A student’s GPA is a great indicator of how you did academically and how you performed during your four years, but it does not show what the student did outside of school and what that person took advantage of during high school.
Looking back on one’s high school career 20 or more years from now, one might remember some particular classes were hard, or that one teacher was mean.
But what really will stick out is the activities that the student participated in.
At Brophy, good grades are required to get in, excel and graduate, yet that is not what defines a Brophy student.
A Brophy student is defined by a combination of his grades, sports, clubs, activities and experiences.