When (Mostly) Everyone Knows Your Name

by Peter Bloch

Four years is a long time in an 18-year-old’s life, and sometimes, an unlucky few have an even tougher time than normal in high school.

My name, Peter Bloch, is both one of the simplest and most complex names at the same time. Oddly enough, it’s quite rare a teacher butchers my last name, but it does happen.

It also doesn’t help that my middle name, Joseph, makes my initials PJB, or Peanut Jelly Butter. I was once told my initials were backwards in all seriousness because “PBJ just looks more normal.”

Having the last name Bloch can make for some great jokes though, “Oh, I have G-block with P. Bloch,” my friends might say. It’s been funny too…for the first year of OES, but now, when everyone notices they can put that joke to any period in the day they have with me, it can get old real fast.

But having a name like Bloch can also be a huge plus. It’s rather satisfying for some to know that their defender in Lacrosse was literally born to “Bloch” the offensive advance. Also, it could be a huge advantage for me if I ever decided to own a construction business. Were I to call it “Bloch Construction,” it would surely be a hit! In fact, were I based in Sellwood, OR, I could say “I sell wood in Sellwood,” which is a personal goal of mine.

OES has been an amazing experience for me, and I don’t know that there will necessarily be another community where others will all know me on a first name basis. In all honesty, I don’t know everyone who calls my name in the halls, and being a graduating senior makes me feel like a celebrity sometimes. Name teasing is just one of the many perks of OES, and I’ll miss it when I’m gone.

To younger students, my senior advice is: treasure your time at OES. You won’t have it forever, so enjoy your time with your friends and those who treasure you within this community.

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