Freshman Survey 2018

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Alex Haylock

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We conducted our fourth annual Freshman Survey for the Class of 2022. Instead of conducting it during the summer book sale, we held it on August 29, during the freshmen orientation. This way we were able to survey 100% of the freshmen class for the first time. Thanks to the freshmen for letting us be a part of their introduction into Malvern. We’d also like to thank the 9th Grade Academy Team who helped and supported getting the most accurate results to date.   

Each year, we alter the survey questions to make the overall survey as relevant as possible. For the most part, however, the survey stays similar so that the results are comparable to previous years.

We used to administer the survey during the book sale, but there were many variables of that we couldn’t control. For one, not all the freshmen would even come to it. We were also set up at the entrance of Stewart Hall, when you could leave out the side door that’s closer to the parking lot. This year we completely changed the time and place we surveyed. We worked with the 9th Grade Academy to incorporate the survey into orientation, which all freshman have to attend. We hope to make this the new way we conduct the survey, as it lead to the best results possible.

Please read all of our commentary and these survey results as “based on the surveyed freshmen.” Last year we only surveyed about 60% of the freshmen. Now, you can look at the results as a summary of the entire freshman class.

The current seniors, Class of 2019, were the first class to participate in the survey. We were curious to see what would happen if we surveyed the same class with the exact same question. So come graduation time, we hope to administer a Senior Survey and compare the results. Make sure to take a look at the first Freshman Survey to see how the seniors have changed

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Alex Haylock ’19

Chase Bennett ’19

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Chase Bennett ’19    Ms. Leah Thompson

Matt Hess ’22          Noah Buscaglia ’22

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Once again, we find them majority of the freshmen class is from Delaware and Chester County. There is actually a decrease of the amount of kids that live, in and around Malvern. However, we continue to have a single kid who commutes all the way from Lehigh. Seriously though, how are you doing that?

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This comes as no surprise that around 93% of Malvern’s class of 2022 identifies as either Catholic or other Christian denominations. This technically is lower than polled last year as the class of 2021 was determined to be 97% Catholic or other Christian denominations. What does come as a surprise is that 3% chose to say “no religion” which we had received none of in last year’s survey.

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This question is used to see how Malvern students feel where their income lies without the use of concrete numbers. The surrounding suburbs and counties of Philadelphia are said to be the more affluent areas in all of Pennsylvania. So 59% of the class identifying as upper middle class and 10% answering as upper class sounds just about right. According to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the median income for Chester County is $83,775.

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According to this year’s survey, only around 82% of the freshman class is caucasian. This may seem weird to say “only” but compared to last year’s statistics, we determined that 94% of the class of 2021 was caucasian. African American students were the second highest polled ethnicity at 6%, followed by Asian and mixed ethnicities at 4%. Surprisingly, this seems to be the first time we have seen such an improvement in diversity since the Board of Trustees approved a plan in 2013 to have 20% diversity by 2020 within Malvern.

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The most popular music genre for 16-24 year olds as reported by Statista is Pop. Hip-hop ranks third on their list but tops ours. We are not the least bit surprised by this information though seeing as hip-hop seems to be everywhere around adolescents. What is surprising is the fact that there is one freshman who decided that Christmas music is ok to listen to at all times of the year. Christmas music is Christmas music for a reason.

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This year’s results for this question are especially amusing: Math is both the FAVORITE (28%) and LEAST FAVORITE (27%) subject. The freshman class is just about evenly divided on math. Math usually ranks high on both scales, but the class is literally split in half. English and Language are also tied for the second least favorite subjects at 24%. So you probably won’t have too much fun in Carney.

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Football takes the lead with 58% of the freshmen who said this is their favorite sport to watch. Basketball comes in a distant second place at 12%, and the crowd favorite, “I don’t like sports” at 2%.

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There was a noticeable drop off in the amount of students that claim that they have never had an alcoholic beverage (84% down to 77%). Obviously the consumption of alcohol as a minor is illegal but we are also not naive here and are aware that there will be instances where this will occur.  We ask of you to play the role of a big brother and make sure that you help your brothers if they find themselves abusing alcohol. Although we don’t condone the consumption of alcohol, if it is a decision you chose to make, knowing your limits and looking out for others are extremely important and we encourage you to know or do both.

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Tobacco is a dangerous drug that’s sole purpose is to sink it’s teeth into its next victim to become addicted. Do not smoke cigarettes or cigars. Cigarettes are extremely dangerous and cause all sorts of health issues that lead to a poor quality of life. Smoking will not make you cooler and it is not the thing that everyone is doing. Cigarettes are addictive and are never worth the life-altering effects of a mistake in high school.

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While 94% of the freshman class responded “no” to this question, this is 2% less than the class of 2021 who responded “no.” This should not be too alarming, as 2% is not a major drop off at all, but those who have used marijuana, it truly isn’t a good choice. There may be times in high school when you are offered it, but be strong and do not fall into peer pressure.

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Look away freshman english teachers, as 74% of those surveyed read their summer reading as of taking this survey.  Unsure whether the teachers would be impressed or depressed, but the majority did what they had to with regards to reading this past summer. For those freshmen that hadn’t completed the reading, hopefully procrastination did not come back to bite you and you completed the reading by the start of classes.

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It’s not surprising to most that the top three sports to top this list are football, basketball and lacrosse. Malvern has a very strong athletic presence in all three of these sports as you probably already know and we’d like to keep it that way. For the four of you that don’t plan on playing a sport, don’t be afraid to try one out or explore extra-curricular activities as an alternative for an after school commitment.

 

 

 

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If you know, you know. 

 

 

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