Thank you, Frosh!
The transition from high school to what lies beyond is a distinct and widely-celebrated milestone for the modern Canadian. Major changes take place during this time: one assumes new responsibilities, discovers new opportunities, and forges new relations. Adolescents come closer to attaining that elusive status of ‘adult.’ Whether or not one admits it, emotions are high and intense. Fortunately for me and my peers, this transition was much more pleasant than anticipated. Glendon is blessed with exceptionally personable students who invested immense energy and effort into this year’s Frosh, making the experience one to remember.
Many parallels can be drawn between Frosh and the coming-of-age rituals of tribal societies; one needs to simply exchange warpaint and feathered headdresses for team colours and bandanas. Frosh felt like a rite of passage. One might consider it the shining and salubrious cousin of the more extreme hazing ceremonies of larger universities.
The heart and soul of the event were the helpful, amicable, and overall joyful D-Frosh. It almost felt as though I had joined some cheerful hippie commune, such was their level of warmth and openness. Certainly these are the qualities with which to best nurse nascent friendships. Many upper-year students I met reported having found their most trusted comrades-in-study during their Frosh experience.
One of the most notable qualities I found about Frosh was how rapidly a sense of comfort and ease sprung up among its participants. We have the D-Frosh to thank: from the beginning, their comportment clearly demonstrated that Glendon is a place where one’s individuality can be genuinely expressed. In the words of one of Frosh 2018’s O-Chairs, Stephen Teong: “Be yourself! Live your best life!” This simple, yet powerfully inspiring, cheer made the experience all the more lively. A week later, I am left with the impression that this comfort and ease will persist throughout my time here at Glendon.
I think that it’s participants will remember Frosh fondly and with deep gratitude, as a thunderous welcome that kick-started their journey at university with a bang. The thoughtfully planned activities, high energy, and superb role models made it a landmark occasion. We, the Froshies, couldn’t have asked for a better welcome to the next chapter of our lives.