Preparing Boys for Life.
Be a True Friend
Biagio DeSimone

Student Body President VI Former Biagio DeSimone gave the following remarks on Opening Day, challenging his peers to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. "As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you," he said.   

Welcome back, boys. This morning as I was buttoning my shirt an anxious smile came across my face. The smile came as I looked to the journey which lies ahead of us this year. Seeing all of you seated now makes that smile grow larger. When my tan slowly started to fade in the last weeks of summer, I became excited for this first day of school. This year especially, my eyes open thinking about all of the new buzzing around campus. We have several new faculty members that are eager to inspire; we have a new football field that will soon host thrilling games; and as a collective, we have a goal that is new to the school in the past decade, fill the empty shelf with the coveted sweater. Although these new entities provide opportunity, what truly makes putting a blazer around my shoulders each day a joy is the strong bonds on this campus.

What gives Haverford its character are the relationships we form. It’s seeing Lower Schoolers running around playing a game only they understand and not worrying about the stains on their clothes that gives Haverford breath. It is Chef Henry remembering just about everyone's order and laughing that gives Haverford a sense of touch. Watching eight boys hurling a tennis ball at their opponents benches in the quad with a crowd waiting to call next gives Haverford voice. It’s the endless sarcastic humor that we possess and an arsenal of excuses that gives Haverford a smile. The faculty members that save you when you thought you were lost gives Haverford vision. It is the fact that if something goes wrong in your life, you have a band of Fords, both boys and faculty, there to help you through the hardest times, that gives Haverford strength. This year, Dr. Nagl has decided that the virtue of the year is friendship, because it is friendship that gives Haverford its heart.

It is the fact that if something goes wrong in your life, you have a band of Fords, both boys and faculty, there to help you through the hardest times, that gives Haverford strength. This year, Dr. Nagl has decided that the virtue of the year is friendship, because it is friendship that gives Haverford its heart.

This year I will propose two challenges within the realm of friendship. Challenge number one is to make new friends. To be friendly with new people, talk to someone who does not like the same things you like, and you will learn a new face. In this nature new doors are opened and you can get involved in the community by exploring different sports, extracurricular activities, and even classes in which Haverford supplies a surplus of. This year let us all be invested in our community. Challenge two is to be a true friend. A good friend is one who picks you up when you are down, or one who stands by your side when everyone else walks away. More importantly a true friend will sometimes say “no” when peer pressure is saying “yes”. A true friend is always caring and understanding of his brother. Let’s build the friendship in our community to make its heartbeat stronger.

The friends you will make at Haverford will last a lifetime. The boys that you become close with will become a part of your family. We all spend more time here during the school year than in our actual homes. This place will become a second home for all of us. The actions of habit and language of Haverford will become a part of your DNA. As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you. Your friends will become your brothers who will stand by your side long after graduation.

As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you. Your friends will become your brothers who will stand by your side long after graduation.

Someday your whole life is going to change, and you will look back on the small moments here at Haverford in which we laughed and cried. So I warn you to not always look into the future, because when it is over you will give anything to be back with your friends at Haverford; enjoying the times we spent here. Live in these moments; make every class and every game count.

I hope everyone in front of me today has a fantastic year. Let’s make 2018-2019 one to remember. Try new things and get involved in as many ways possible. You will meet new people and make new friends.

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