Looking back, as a January baby and comparatively quite a bit younger than my peers, I had a bit of a hard time socially. Also, back when I was a student, I was one of the very few of Asian descent, and I did feel different than the "typical" student (apparently I often threw away my Chinese food lunches, so as not to be picked on...I do remember being so happy my parents let me sign up for Friday pizza lunches!). Given that it's been more than 15 years (!) since I attended BHMS, I am sure the current ethnic background of the students is much different and that diversity is the new norm.
Bishop Hamilton was a very diverse school with families from all backgrounds. Many of my friends were from south asian, oriental, and caucasian backgrounds. Most students were definitely studious and being disinterested in school was not something that made you "cool". As it was such a small community, the students all knew each other well even if we were not in the same classroom. Overall a very friendly and welcoming environment. I was never bullied nor did I see any bullying occur.