The Freshman Experience is an overnight orientation program designed to acclimate freshmen to Catholic Memorial’s school culture and traditions. Held over two days, the orientation program includes team-building activities to help the students crossing the street from CM’s middle school and those joining CM in 9th grade to meet one another and meld into one class.
On the first day, students travel to Hale Reservation in Westwood for the teambuilding component. Throughout the first day and into the evening, Peer Ministers offer reflections on their own experiences being new, becoming involved, and developing academically and spiritually.
The second day includes a trip to the Blue Hills Reservation where freshman, faculty, and Peer Minsters hike to the observation tower where they have lunch before returning to campus for a concluding prayer service.
The Freshman Experience is the first step to building an intentional community and introducing students to the CM brotherhood in the high school.