Freshman Experience

Nick DeChristopher: The Brotherhood is Real

Posted May 17th, 2019

St. Augustine Prep is my home away from home. I spend six and a half hours a day here for classes. Then I spend three to five hours a day practicing or playing sports, but I would not give that time up for anything. They say time flies when you are having fun and my freshman year has blown right past. Even though it blew past me, there are still remnants of time left behind in its path with amazing memories and friends made.

About a quarter of the way into the year I ran into a wall. This wall came in the form of a serious injury. I was diagnosed with a concussion that would make the next 3 months an amazing experience. Yes, I said an amazing experience. These concussion symptoms were, ringing in the ears, eye strain, migraines, dizziness, insomnia and inability to focus. Now imagine trying to do school work with all of those hindrances surrounding me. I ended up missing a total of two and a half weeks of school which just made things worse.

I am very serious about my school work and nothing is more important to me. It was difficult being put that far behind in school without any control over it. You are probably asking yourself, “How could this possibly be a good experience? It sounds miserable.” I am not going to lie, it was miserable, but it allowed me to let other people lift me over this wall. These people were my brothers. Here at St. Augustine Prep, all you hear is how important the Brotherhood is and that is because it is. My peers and classmates at St. Augustine wanted to push me past my limit and see me succeed, just as much as I want to see them succeed. Without my brothers helping me study, take notes in class, and be there for me in this tough time, I would not have done as well in school this year. With so many amazing people surrounding me, this school year has been my favorite so far. I cannot thank all of my teachers enough for all the work and passion they put into educating their students.