Benedictine has become noted over time for being challenging: academically, socially and, most of all, physically. For many, this all started August 16 as freshmen hugged their parents goodbye and entered the grown man's world known as Benedictine. This farewell marked the start of orientation, a three-month induction process into the Benedictine brotherhood. Over the course of these three months, both freshman and transfers will be subjected to a special set of rules created by the senior class under the supervision of Colonel York.
The purpose of orientation is not to beat up on the new guys. Rather, the purpose is to build a camaraderie that will last a lifetime. By struggling through a three-month period of rules and punishments, not only do these boys mature into young men, but they learn to rely on each other and work together. “Orientation is great for the new Cadets,” exclaimed Battalion XO Blake Smith. “It builds an incredible camaraderie among the class!”
The Thursday and Friday leading up to the first week of school marked the start of the orientation period. Senior officers and freshmen were required to come out to begin the induction of these new Cadets. Orientation included training the freshman on formation, station movements and the use of teamwork to work toward a common cause. There was also a workout phase, in which freshmen did team pushups, formed planks, ran bleachers etc. They also competed with each other in events such as football and fireman carries. Responsibilities were given in the form of lockers and pet rocks. All in all, over the course of these two days, the freshmen were properly prepared for their first year at Benedictine. "I love how they come in as strangers and viably forged bonds with each other over just these two days!" exclaimed Lieutenant Colonel Bradford Dudley.
Although often difficult, orientation has proven to create long-lasting relationships, never-ending character and a culture that has lasted for over a century. Benedictine takes pride in its students and is excited to pass the challenge onto this new class of freshmen to separate themselves from the crowd through their honest, integrity and morals.