We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cristo Rey can be a daunting challenge for many freshmen, who, often arriving academically behind, are suddenly expected to do college-preparatory-level work while working one day a week.
It is a big adjustment to attend a school where one is expected to study when a student comes from a school with low expectations, where one can get by with minimal effort.
At the same time, this jump in expectations is far from unique. The son of a childhood friend decided that instead of going to State U like his parents did, he wanted to attend an elite college, and that the best path to an elite college was to attend an elite prep school. He accordingly got accepted and enrolled at an elite prep school. Though he had been in a highly regarded public school system, he found out that an elite prep school was much more demanding. He made the adjustment, got admitted to an elite college, and has gone on to a productive career.