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Volume 66 Number 6

Embracing Chadwick’s standards: Part of the deal

by Jack Johnson - 2016-04-27

When I was applying for admission to Chadwick, every pamphlet, info session and person preached the amazing benefits that the Chadwick community would bring me. It seemed like my tour guides were getting paid for how many times they said that golden “C” word. Over the last few weeks, however, I have begun to wonder about the validity of those claims.

Has the Chadwick community had a beneficial impact on me? By and large, the answer is yes. My peers and friends at this school have provided me with more happy memories than I can count. However, the few instances where I have lost faith in our community have come when individuals within it failed to meet the standards we set for our members.

Some of the more rebellious readers may be frustrated about the idea that there are standards or rules that we are subject to. To those individuals, I ask, why wouldn’t there be? When you signed on to Chadwick’s community and received its perks, did you expect to give nothing in return? By being part of a community, you are held to that community’s standards.

Nevertheless, if you are still worried about these standards I allude to, let me assure you that they are nothing more than the manifestation of the ideals that Chadwick has enshrined in its Mission Statement, Honor Code and Core Values. About 99% of the time, Chadwickians are fine following this code. The other 1% usually falls into one of the following gray areas:

No. 1: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

If there was one quote that I wish I had heard in the Social Economic Status (SES) video we saw at the April 11 assembly, it would be, “I pay $30,000 a year for my education, so I should get [insert literally anything].”

This attitude of entitlement is not only selfish, it is also self-destroying.

How can a school that prides itself on its community be filled with individuals who are so blatantly self-absorbed? Using our parents or our pocketbooks to cut corners and pressure faculty members/administrators weakens the institution that we know and love. If we want our school to be great, we have to start admitting that we can’t have, get or do everything.

Furthermore, Chadwick is supposed to mold us into intelligent, strong and capable young adults who will thrive in the world. How can it do this if you insist on cutting the corners of your education? Yes, school is challenging. Tough. When we step out into the real world, we will have to face challenges far greater than the softballs Chadwick gently tosses us. Failure is both essential to success and inevitable in life.

Why wouldn’t you want to learn the value of it now when the consequences are so extremely low? If you can’t handle it here, how the hell do you expect to live in college or the workforce when no amount of complaining from daddy will save you?

To use Mrs. Nordlund’s favorite word, Chadwick students need “grit.” Without it, both the institution and the individual are worse off.

No. 2: Stop Complaining

Though this goes hand-in-hand with the previous point, I think it warrants its own section. Over my year as ASB President, I have heard quite a few suggestions on how to make the school better. On issues ranging from student mental health to the boxed water crisis, I have seen the extraordinary lengths that Chadwick students are willing to go to make their community better for all of its members. To these individuals striving to help those around them, I commend you.

Yet, for every great example of our students’ hard work, there are five examples of students complaining just for the fun of complaining. This culture of making a fuss for no reason, or complaining about something without taking action to fix it, only breeds negativity and does nothing to solve the real issue. If you see a problem, try to solve it. Bring the issue to the appropriate authority, and, if you believe that there is not enough action being taken, see what you can do to spur on change as an individual. If you are too lazy or unwilling or to take these steps, then you haven’t earned the right to complain.

No. 3: The Core Values Do Not Only Apply When You Are On Chadwick’s Campus

It has often been said that Chadwick exists in a bubble. When it comes to the social scene, that is often true. With our demanding classes, overflowing extracurriculars and social gatherings, Chadwick students spend most of their time in one another’s presence. Furthermore, most, if not all, students have been forced to realize the hard way that everything you say or do always finds a way of coming back to campus (#Jackthrine).

The reality of these two facts is that actions or words that are done or said off the Chadwick campus are never really outside the Chadwick community. For this reason, the Core Values must apply to every aspect of your life--on or off campus. Whether it is at a friend’s house or in cyberspace, violations of this basic code of ethics cannot be tolerated.

As I said before, and I will say again, I love the Chadwick community. It is the ladder with which we climb to success...and the net that catches us when we fall.


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