“We are Kolij, hear us ROAR” – Blog-like analysis from Tammi Pilgrim, Jr Vice President – Old Harrisonian Society
I don’t usually write notes, but after what happened this week… I HAD to.
I am a proud Harrisonian… that’s a fact. But it has always frustrated me that we never seem able to express our pride in the way that people from other schools do. All you have to do is say something good about HC and the next thing out of people’s mouths is how elitist the school is, how it isn’t what it used to be, how we focus too much on academics, how we aren’t well-rounded… all kinds of nonsense (heavy editing there).
This week though… WOW. I honestly have no words to express how proud I am of all of the people who put up the Kolij Lion(c), who wore their ties, put ties in their cars, wore wristbands etc. Kolijeans all over the world were saying it loud and proud this year… probably for the first time in a looong time.
And of course, like clockwork, out came the haters… I don’t mean other people who genuinely love their school and who put up their own school emblems (funny how that happened AFTER the Kolij Lion(c) started lighting up facebook…but I digress). I mean the ones who were BITTERLY calling Kolij down.
Let me give you an example (DISCLAIMER – this might make you steupse):
“I was fighting the urge but after that IGNORANT radio diss this morning I CYAN’ TEK IT. FYAH PON KOLIJ! Their claim to fame is being NERDS. They ‘WENT SCHOOL’ at Kolij. COMBERMERE IS GREAT BECAUSE WE ARE A FAMILY. Nobody ‘went school’ at Combermere. The PM is NOT an ‘ex-Combermerian’. There IS no such thing. There are Combermerian Students and Old Scholars. Period. And kolij sucks.”
And this: “HC WISHES they could have what we have. Now they trying a ting with the whole school spirit. We’ve been doing it for CENTURIES. I won’t knock the HC elitism too much, as I guess all the ‘top schools‘ are a little guilty of that, although HC really takes the cake there. AND they suck :-)”
All that vitriol…for what? For being who we are and being proud of it? It’s as though if you went to or still go to Harrison College, to be proud of your school means that something is CLEARLY wrong with you. Everyone gets to do it except us? How unfair is that?? [Note how I haven’t even begun to dissect what was said… wouldn’t waste time sifting thru that garbage if you paid me…well, maybe if you paid me. But it would have to be substantial 🙂 … Naw, no money is worth that tripe]
Plus, the hypocrisy of it all just astounds me… I am POSITIVE that if Harrison College’s girls were blasting away Inter-School competition the way Springer Memorial is, there would be calls from all corners to investigate what we are up to, calls for reform of how we train our athletes… they might even accuse us of performance enhancing drugs… who knows? Anything is possible. Bottom line is… there would be something wrong with it. It wouldn’t be cool. It wouldn’t sit well. “Level the playing field!!” I can hear it now…
THE SAME PEOPLE would have no trouble getting all impressed if they see Harvard, Yale, Oxford, London School of Economics on someone’s cv. Yet, they would try to encourage this tiny island’s top school to water down its academically inclined intake and teaching staff all in the name of some idiot’s hypocritical stance on equality and misguided notions of egalitarianism.
It’s time for Harrison College and Harrisonians to stop paying the price of society’s inferiority complex. Our students and athletes have NOTHING to be ashamed of. We need to accept the fact that we can’t help it if society puts us on a pedestal. But we also have to remember that we don’t just magically do well… alot of us work hard and against odds (just like everyone else) to achieve again and again in life and that is NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF.
So what do we do? We keep roaring together. Loud and proud.
You don’t like it? Lump it.
Kolij sucks? Sticks and stones baby, sticks and stones. K-O-L-I-J, KOLIJ!!!!
Kolij is elitist? Hah! Ten points if you spell ‘elitist’ right and use it in another sentence. K-O-L-I-J, KOLIJ!!!!
Harrison College students aren’t well rounded? I agree. We aren’t well rounded. We are rounded to perfection. K-O-L-I-J, KOLIJ!!!!
Kolij isn’t what it used to be. You’re right. I hear they let girls in there now. K-O-L-I-J, KOLIJ!!!!
Harrison College puts students under too much pressure. Life is pressure. Deal with it. K-O-L-I-J, KOLIJ!!!!
But we need to go further than just saying it!! We need to set the example for the present Kolijeans. Let them know that they are part of something unique so that they never feel ashamed. If you feel that you can give back by being a mentor in any way to a present student, then let the OHS know. If you feel that the girls’ team can be encouraged, let the OHS know. We will find ways to strengthen the bonds between all Harrisonians.
Anyway, I really want to encourage all my fellow Kolijeans to keep doing your best and being the best at what you do in whatever you do… that is our hallmark.
Tammi Pilgrim: Jr Vice President – Old Harrisonian Society & Attorney-At-Law