Legacy Kids

by Angela Mullally


 

Call the doppelganger police! Does that freshman look just like your upperclassmen friend? Well, that’s probably because he or she is your friend’s younger sibling. Fall 2014 has welcomed the largest freshman class in Ave history, many of whom are “Legacy Kids.”

Leg​acy Kid   \’le-gǝ-sē kid\

  1. noun. Your friend’s little sister/brother, here to take over Ave Maria campus life as we know it.

Synonyms: ​Invasion, bequest, infiltration, familial fulfillment, youngster, whippersnapper.

We interviewed several of the Legacy Kids on how they feel about following in their siblings’ footsteps and adjusting to their first year at college.


 

Marisa Helms (a.k.a. “Thomas’ little sister”)

Gyrene Gazette: Do you feel like you are following in Thomas’ footsteps or are you doing your own thing?

Marisa: I definitely feel that I am following in Thomas’ footsteps.  I have always looked up to him and I’ve pretty much always done what he has done, like I’ve had the same job and gone to the same school, and I think it’s because he’s such a great role model that I want to follow in his footsteps.

GG: Are you tired of being known as “Thomas’ younger sister”? 

M: No, not really.  It really works to my advantage because more people know me, and it helps with knowing the upperclassmen and stuff.

GG: Did Thomas pressure you into coming to Ave?

M: No, what really helped me choose Ave was that Thomas genuinely really wanted me to go to Ave, and he wanted me to be there.  So that’s what really helped, he never pressured me.

How do you feel about starting a legacy for your family at Ave?

M: The responsibility is overwhelming! I think it would be awesome to get a bunch of little Helms here at Ave, to be the next big family at Ave.


 

 

Erin Rooney (a.k.a. “Ryann’s little sister”)

GG: Are you tired of being known as “Ryann’s younger sister”? 

Erin: Not yet, because mostly everyone is like “Oh you’re Ryann’s sister, you guys look alike, she’s so nice!

GG: Did Ryann pressure you into coming to Ave?

E: No, she didn’t even know I was going to Ave. She was in Rome for the semester and I called her and I was like ‘So I’m going to Ave,’ and she was freaking out because she wanted me to but she didn’t want to tell me that she wanted me to.”

GG: Any younger siblings thinking of coming to Ave?

E: Possibly, I have two younger sisters but they’re a lot younger, so I don’t know if they’ll come here. I guess it’s too early to tell but I know that my family really likes it here and they’ve come to visit, so we’ll see.


 

 

Sydney Krajewski (a.k.a. “Erin’s little sister”)

GG: Do you feel like you are following in Erin’s footsteps or are you doing your own thing?

Sydney: I guess that I’m following a little bit in that I knew about Ave because of Erin, but we definitely have very different paths and very different reasons for being here, so I would say that I’m doing my own thing.”

GG: Are you tired of being known as “Erin’s younger sister”? 

S: No because people are really nice about it, so I’ll say that I am, but I’m really not.

GG: Did Erin pressure you into coming to Ave?

S; In a very loving way, yes, she really wanted me to come to Ave, but it was in a good way.


 

 

Adam Kinnick (a.k.a. “Sarah’s little brother”)

GG: Do you feel like you are following in Sarah’s footsteps or are you doing your own thing?

Adam: Probably a little bit of both. I’ve definitely made a lot of friends because of her, but at the same time I’m pursuing my own aspirations, I guess.

GG: Are you tired of being known as “Sarah’s younger brother”? 

A: Not at all, it’s gotten me two jobs and a lot of friends, soo….

GG: Did Sarah pressure you into coming to Ave?

A: No, not at all, it’s just where I wanted to be.

GG: How do you feel about starting a legacy for your family at Ave?

A: My next oldest sibling is eight years younger than me, so by the time she would theoretically get here, I don’t think that anyone would really remember me – unless I do something really cool in the next four years, and they all remember the mythical Adam Kinnick.


 

 

Peter Liffrig (a.k.a. “Kristen’s little brother”)

GG: Do you feel like you are following in Kristen’s footsteps or are you doing your own thing?

Peter: Definitely both. It’s unusual for anyone from North Dakota to come to this school, because it’s really far away, so probably there’s no way I would have come to this school if Kristen hadn’t come here.  But at the same time I have a much different degree than her, she’s a humanities major and I’m a biology major.  So academically we’re different, and we’re definitely different in other ways as well.

GG: Did Kristen pressure you into coming to Ave?

P: Yes.  She would be like, “Okay Peter it would be so cool, we have all this cool stuff that we do…but make up your own mind.” She tried not to, but she definitely did.

GG: What’s it like having an older sibling watching your every move?

P: I stay away from her.  She doesn’t know what I do.

GG: How do you feel about starting a legacy for your family at Ave?

P: They’re not gonna let another one in.


 

 

Caitlin Bostrom (a.k.a. “Aaron’s little sister”)

GG: Do you feel like you are following in Aaron’s footsteps or are you doing your own thing?

Caitlin: I think that I’m actually doing my own thing.  I’m doing a completely different major, and I mean I hang out with him a lot, but I have a whole different group of friends.

GG: Are you tired of being known as “Aaron’s younger sister”? 

C: No, I actually like being known as Aaron’s younger sister, because I think that Aaron is really cool, and then that way I get to know a lot of the upperclassmen.

GG: What’s it like having an older sibling watching your every move?

C: I guess I like it, I like having someone who knows me, like from my family life, and who just really knows who I am, so I kind of like having someone who’s watching me and there to protect me.”


 

 

After hearing from a few of these Legacy Kids, one thing is for sure: they like being Legacy Kids.  Apparently, there is a benefit to having an older sibling to pave the way, and whether they choose to follow closely in their footsteps or not, little siblings seem to appreciate the role models, job opportunities, popularity, and upperclassmen friends that their predecessors provide.   And Ave seems to like Legacy Kids, too.  Ever since its humble beginnings, Ave Maria has been a school overtaken by family dynasties.  It’s always nice to see a familiar face, and hey, if it’s your friend’s little sister, she must be pretty cool, right? So, in the words of Legacy Kid Peter Liffrig, “I think it’s a good thing.”

 

Cover photo by Tambako the Jaguar.

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