Get involved on campus, enjoy your time
By Beau W. Peterlin ’10
It’s 2002 and I am standing in the Brophy mall for the first time ever in my life.
It’s lunch time and the only thing I can hear are kids yelling out how many McChicken sandwiches they want from the Coral.
I am in fifth grade and I am starting my summer enrichment classes.
I believe knowing Brophy for eight years gives me a valid understanding of what has changed here and what has stayed relatively the same.
I also believe that my continual interaction with this community has formed my opinion of what I hope for Brophy in the future.
Brophy is a place of continual change. No matter the year one graduated, the experience they had will be much different than that of my peers and the class of 2010.
However, despite the difference of experience that occurs at Brophy there is a common ground. This is that the experience itself of four years here is anything but common.
Personally I feel that Brophy is headed in a new direction. This new direction is helping students shape themselves into something different than the past.
The new Brophy student, I believe is more aware not just of himself but also of others.
I also believe that in a world of such specialist education, Brophy students still choose to spread themselves in many areas. Students choose activities ranging from football to the Rubix Cube Club.
Students are also finding new things to be involved in. There are more activities now than my class had as a freshman.
I simply wish for the students to get involved as early as possible, no matter what it is. I hope students continue to make new events and clubs the same way Techno Tuesdays was created.
As the lives of students become more hectic each year, I see the Brophy community still staying close, which is extremely reassuring.
Brophy does this by offering help such as after school tutoring and counseling.
Technology on campus is something of a cliché about Brophy. My view is that yes, we can talk about how many problems we have with our computers or we can soften our complaints and take action.
I have seen Brophy become fearless when it comes to this type of action.
Brophy is willing to experiment, and still stay at the forefront of education.
I also hope that we continually look for a way of improving, by working with students as reference on Tablets.
I am also very passionate about something besides just getting involved in extracurricular activities. I wish for Brophy students to get connected.
I hope that underclassmen find faculty members who they click with and build a relationship with.
Brophy faculty and staff members are much more than just teachers and counselors. They will teach much more outside the classroom, they will teach you about ways to live your life. From talking to Mr. Lane McShane ’82 about music in the mall to discussing an issue with Mr. Stephen Johnson after school, students should do this as soon as possible.
Along the same lines I wish for Brophy alumni to continually come back to teach. It is obvious that veterans of the Brophy experience return to campus almost every day. However, the alumni who teach make this a unique high school.
They have not only seen the changes Brophy has made, they have also been that change.
My final wish for the Brophy community may seem a bit selfish. It is that when I come back, Brophy is not the same.