Freshman year can be hard. Freshman seminar is a required class incoming Freshman must take in summer school. The seminar is meant to help new Freshmen adjust and bond over the summer. Freshman learn skills that are important for life. They are challenged, mentally and physically, with different types of challenges.
One of the biggest challenges the Freshman are given is the “Zombie Apocalypse.” The event took place from June 22 to June 26. It is designed to help Freshman use all of the skills they are taught throughout the month of June. Freshman Seminar Teacher Mrs. Cameron says, “This exercise requires them to work effectively as a team, communicate well, strategize, and stay organized.”
The “Zombie Apocalypse” is fun, but it isn’t easy to do. Everyone else on campus is a zombie. If they are caught or seen by anyone, they are “killed” and have to return to home base. Freshman have to retrieve items and still keep in touch with home base through walkie talkies. This activity is full of obstacles. Mrs. Cameron says, “In life we have all kinds of obstacles.”
During the last hour everyday, Freshman have a team building and bonding activity. These activities are not mentally challenging activities, but physical challenges. For example, they can be given “burpees” or the chicken dance to do.
On some days, the morning and afternoon sessions challenge each other. During some of these exercises, they rushed and got stuck, but learned from their mistakes. Freshman Jayden Simpliciano says, “I learned that you need to have a plan on things and can’t just wing things.
by Kristine Punzal, class of 2022