NDP Sophomores- Second to None

L to R: Julia Steiner,  Julia Heinrich
L to R: Julia Steiner,
Julia Heinrich

As any middle child knows, being sandwiched between others has its distinct advantages. The bad news is, the spotlight is rarely on you. The good news is…the spotlight is rarely on you. And when you get right down to it, that’s not a bad place to be at all. Just ask the sophomores. They know better than anybody at NDP what it’s like to be at midpoint. And from where they stand, well, it’s not half bad. I spoke to a couple of experts on the subject who filled me in on the details: two members of the Class of 2016, sophomores Julia Steiner (JS) and Julia Heinrich (JH).

 

JS: It is definitely better than being a freshman…

JH: Definitely!

Bluenote: Why is that?  Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 2.00.37 PM

JS: It’s just way less intimidating…

JH: …You’re no longer awkward…

JS: …Freshman are awkward. No offense. I mean, I was awkward…

JH: …No one teases sophomores…

JS: …Yeah. Freshman get teased…

JH: …You know, in that good-natured way.

JS:  Yeah, but, it’s still teasing…(Shuddering at the thought) It’s good not to be a freshman…

JH:.. I’m so glad it’s over! We know what to do now…

JS: …Yeah! Like we know where everything is…

JH: …It’s all organized by hallway…

JS: …Right. That wing (pointing) is science and religion…

JH: …And that wing (pointing in the opposite direction) is English and…

JS: The pink wing upstairs is math…

JH: …and downstairs is history…

Bluenote: So, you really know your way around now…

J’s together: Definitely!

Bluenote: What else?  Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 1.59.02 PM

JH: We just know more now.

JS: About everything. Like how to study and take notes and use free time…

JH: And other things. Like Gym Meet. You can’t really understand it, what it means, ’til you go through it. We get it now…

JS: Also, as sophomores, we know what we can get away with. Kinda slide under the radar about. Like…

JH (to JS): Should we go there?

JS (Having second thoughts): Um… probably not.

The two Julias turn to me with a look that suggests their future is my hands.

Bluenote: Maybe we’ll just leave it at that.

J’s together: Probably best.

I am fairly certain I detect a collective sigh of relief coming from Julia plural. So, shifting focus, I ask:

Bluenote: Tell me what distinguishes you?  What’s unique about being a sophomore?

The 2 J’s ponder the question.

JS (delivered as more of a question than a statement): Geometry?

JH: Mmm. Yeah, but…some girls take that freshman year, so…

JS: Hmmm.

19300122_lFor a moment, they seem to be at a loss. They know what they’re not. They’re not at that deer-caught-in-headlights awkward-age like the newbie freshman.  They’re not beginners. And they’re not at that where-do-we go-from-here, pressure-of-college-age, like the seniors. The end. The final chapter. Even the juniors are, well, at the beginning of the end. As sophomores, the Julias and their classmates are nowhere near the end.  And frankly, happy to be just where they are.  Suddenly, Julia S. blurts triumphantly:

JS: We won the Blazer Dash banner this year! Sophomores won! Winning a banner is a big honor! (JS clarified, in case I didn’t know). 

JH: And I think we’ll win the poster gym meet prize this year…

Bluenote: What makes you think that?

J’S Together, pointing to each other:  ‘Cause we’re on the committee!

9532685_lThe two Julias laugh at themselves and their false bravado. Still, they think they just might have a chance. And then it hits them. What’s special about the sophomores is…the sophomores.

JS: We’re a really special class. We’re smaller than most -120 some vs. 160 some – so we’ve bonded faster and sooner…

JH: …Yeah, we’ve got a really good bond… 9532687_l

JS: We’re a really diverse class, but we all combine well together…

JH: Yeah, we all do different things, have different interests…

JS: Julia plays lacrosse and rides…

JH: And Julia plays lacrosse and volleyball and is Penny Queen. She’s the best Penny Queen…

JS: Aw, thanks.

JH: I think, as a class, we pretty much support each other in all those things, all those different interests…

3173345_lAnd then, something else hits them. Being a sophomore is all about Possibility. And for them, the possibilities are 6169175_llimitless.They can do and be and become anything! Something quite beautiful.  So, behold the sophomores! The class of 2016.  Sky & teal.  Year-two high schoolers.  But make no mistake about it…they are second to none.

 

NDP GIRL

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