I’m from one of those typical “Dordt Feeder” high schools.
The kind of school where almost half of your class goes to Dordt; where parents don’t wear your school colors to the sporting events, they wear their Dordt alumni sweatshirts; where small children have middle names of Defender or Carl after Dordt’s last president (that one was a joke). Where if you don’t answer the “What are you doing after high school?” question with the Black and Gold pride, you get a double take.
And, in my completely credible I-was-a-Senior-in-high-school-once experience, here are three different approaches that high school seniors can take to this.
Option one: you believe that if you attend Dordt College it will be exactly like high school and you’re running away from high school so you refuse to go to Dordt. This is what many would call the “high school effect.”
My best friend went through this exact dilemma. She was tired of the drama and being in the same classes with the same people since we were 6 years old. Very early on in her high school career, she decided that she would not be attending Dordt because she was done with it all. She even applied, got accepted, and drove all the way to a different school in North Dakota the summer before our freshman year of college for their freshman registration and orientation, only to see all the people, and immediately turn around and register for Dordt classes. It was a crazy change of events!
One of the biggest things both her and I would tell you, is that if you don’t want to run with the same crowd you did in high school, don’t. That doesn’t mean you are “deserting” them or anything crazy like that, it just means that you guys are growing apart and that’s okay. You will soon find out that with different schedules and activities, you won’t see each other very often unless you are intentional about it.
Option two: (if you’re me) you decide that you enjoy rivalry and choose to attend the rival school just because “it would be fun” and the scholarship was better. This is what many would call, “Stubbornness.”
It seems absolutely ridiculous to admit this now, having attended the rival school from down the road for a year and transferred over to Dordt College, but those are two of the reasons I did not attend Dordt my freshman year. I made my college decision extremely early my Senior year. I think I had signed on to play softball by the beginning of November that year. I distinctly remember getting into the car after my Dordt visit when my parents asked me what I thought. I tried to play it off, but I had loved the campus. This wasn’t part of the plan though. I had grown up in the “culture” of the rival school and it would be hard to break that trend. I had grown up thinking that this was where I would end up, and I had vocalized that. But now what? So I ignored what I had felt about the campus that day and went into full-rivalry mode. I thought if I could convince others, that in turn I would convince myself.
Don’t be like this me.
And finally you have the best option,
Option three: you choose to ignore all stereotypes that are being thrown around and attend Dordt because it’s awesome here. This is what many would call, “a genius move.”
And that pretty much says it all.