For many Country Day students, inhabiting just one social circuit isn’t enough. Just ask junior Elie Kuppermann.
“I’m really a mix of private school, public school and home school,” Kuppermann said.
Kuppermann says that 30 percent of her friends come from dancing with an outside-of-school group, 30 percent come from her middle and elementary school and 40 percent are from Country Day.
Kuppermann often attends football games at Davis High with her friends outside of Country Day.
“A lot of people might think that it is just a sporting event, but really it is a social event,” Kuppermann said. “Sometimes you don’t even watch the game. It’s all just about hanging out with your friends.”
Kuppermann said she often went to Davis High football games when she was in middle school, so it is simply a continuation of her earlier habits.
While Kuppermann has continued her association with other larger schools while at Country Day, in terms of her future schooling, Kuppermann is conflicted on what size of school she wants in the future.
“Socially, I would want a bigger school for college, but academically speaking I can’t imagine going to a big college after experiencing the Country Day way,” Kuppermann said.
While many of Kuppermann’s friends come from public school, senior Keegan Crain’s friends are more diverse.
“I have a really interesting combination of public and private friends,” Crain said.
Crain said he made most of his friends prior to coming to Country Day at Folsom Middle School. Like Kuppermann, he often attends other schools’ football games, in particular Folsom High, Vista Del Lago, and Granite Bay High.
“I like to network with people from outside Country Day,” Crain said. “It’s all about maintaining relationships.”
Crain intends on going to a large football-oriented college.
“I want to be able to meet new people every week,” Crain said. “It’s really one of my main criteria for college.”
While Crain is thinking about his social requirements for college, freshman Lily Brown recently went to Jesuit High School’s homecoming dance.
Many of Brown’s closest friends left Country Day after middle school; therefore Brown has gone to a number of functions at other schools.
“I like that at other dances, everyone gets all dressed up and has dates,” Brown said. “There are so many more people; it just makes a more social environment.
“Even the way that people invite their dates is fun. My date made me a sign with one of those catchy slogans. It had a baseball reference, and it was just something that you don’t see at Country Day that often.”
While Brown enjoyed the Jesuit dance, senior Clare Fina was not as impressed with McClatchy High School’s homecoming dance.
“It was honestly super lame,” Fina said. “It was excruciatingly hot, the music was terrible, and the people were dancing so inappropriately, it was ridiculous.”
Fina finds the lack of social inhibition at Country Day dances refreshing.
“At our dances, you can go with your friends, dance like an idiot and no one is going to judge you.”
While some students find the fewer numbers of students to be constraining at Country Day dances, Fina says she doesn’t mind.
“The point of dances is to go and have fun with your friends; it doesn’t matter how many other people are there,” Fina said.
“People who need the enormous amount of people just need to remember to make their own fun. Even if there are hundreds of people there, you will most likely end up only hanging out with their friends—so it really doesn’t matter.”
When Fina attended a St. Francis High School playoff volleyball game last year, she found the event similar to a large Country Day sporting event.
“I was cheering for the other side because my cousin played for the opposing team,” Fina said. “It was loud and intense, but it was quite similar to our Homecoming.”