In Depth

Siblings at School




  To an only child, siblings appear to always be at odds with each other. Their bond seems to be one thriving upon equal amounts of friendship and annoyance. But what makes the bond between siblings at Pinewood so special? Your siblings are some of the only people you know throughout the course of your entire life. Going to the same school adds yet another dimension to the complex relationship between siblings.

  However close siblings may be at home, there seems to be an entirely separate code of conduct for at-school interactions. Sometimes, the interactions are limited to a brief nod or a short conversation in the halls. Freshman Emily Takara admits she rarely talks to her brother, senior Cole Takara, during the school day.

  “I guess we both kind of ignore each other, but it works,” Takara said.

  Lara Prakash, also a freshman, noted that when she does talk to her brother, it tends to be out of jest.

  “I like seeing him act ridiculous at school. And I’ll usually go up to him after and tell him,” Prakash said.

  For some students, their brothers or sisters assume the role of a mentor and role model, imparting Dumbledore-esque words of wisdom and support when required.

  English teacher Sabrina Strand said that her sister’s achievements in school helped her both socially and academically “because the Strand name carried some clout by that point; my sister was a high achiever.”

  Older siblings are extremely useful resources in learning what’s to come in school. Takara said, “[My brother] already took the classes and knows all of the teachers, so he can help me and give me moral support.”

  A sibling is someone who can cheer you up, and can always be counted on to bring positivity and laughter. Prakash sees her brother as an optimistic, humorous person.

  “He’s someone who always makes me laugh at myself. In a good way, though.”

  Freshman Alea Budge views her siblings as her closest friends.

  “They mean the world to me, and I am so happy we are all on the same campus.”

  But whether or not you like going to school with your siblings, know they will always be there for you, for better or for worse.