Seventy-eight new Cadets walked in the doors of BCP on August 20 a few weeks ago and began the long journey towards becoming a "real Cadet" through BCP's orientation process.
The orientation experience is one that all Cadets have had to go through at one point or another. It unites the school and gives all the Cadets a common experience to recall and bond over as a group. The start of orientation symbolizes the start of the formation of the Class of 2022. Orientation will break them and build them back up stronger than they were before, as it has the classes before them, and the class before them, et cetera. It unites them not only with each other, but the school at large, for every Cadet can remember going through orientation. Sophomore Kyle Joyce said that orientation “allowed me to fully appreciate the Benedictine experience.”
This process is not a walk in the park, however. During this time, the seniors of the Class of 2019 have almost complete control over the freshmen. The freshmen must do any number of actions on command including, but not limited to, pushups, songs, The Truffle Shuffle or cheers during a home football game. The freshmen are also required to stay on the left side of the hallway, as well as only being able to wear their name tags on the left side of their shirts. If they fail to perform these tasks, they will find themselves on the blunt end of ridicule and PT (Physical Training) during afternoon formation. Attendance for home varsity football games is mandatory, and is filled with a multitude of ways for seniors to squeeze orientation into the event. Even though it may seem derogatory to an untrained eye, one can be assured that it is still a lighthearted process, devoid of any genuine ill will. Put simply by freshman Aaron Smith, "It gets hard, but it's sometimes also really fun."
Orientation will continue for the freshmen every Thursday before school, until its finale in late November. This period of time will form these young Cadets into strong Christian men, and will greatly affect their time at the school. BCP's orientation is, according to sophomore Charlie Williamson, "An experience worth talking about to my kids and even my grandchildren."