By Lizzie Hamilton ’17
Four years can feel like four minutes at Assumption High School, but despite how quickly time seems to pass, Assumption students make the most of it. At the end of each school day, when the bell rings at 2:50, students and teachers are not rushing to get home, for most of them consider Assumption their home away from home. There is a special presence that flows throughout the walls at Assumption and into the relationships between students and faculty. The teachers specifically look to develop strong, individual mentorships and friendships with students on an academic and personal level. The sisterhood between students is also one that cannot be broken. This strong sense of community creates the perfect environment to shape the young women that attend Assumption. The greatest lesson that is instilled in each student is one of confidence and empowerment. This shines through in the curriculum, special activities, and faculty and staff members. The faculty of Assumption set high expectations for their students, but it is because they believe in and envision their opportunity for success. They also provide their students with relentless encouragement and provide the support necessary for achievement. Furthermore, Assumption students hold one another to high standards of integrity, faith, and responsibility. This in turn leads each student to challenge herself in every circumstance, especially academically.
After an eighty-five-minute class, students are not rushing to leave and move on with the rest of their days. Teachers at Assumption can transform one class period into an enjoyable experience for students to comprehend complex subject material. Through the passion and enthusiasm teachers incorporate into academics, students develop a genuine fascination for learning. Assumption truly allows each student to explore learning on her own with many opportunities to delve into topics of personal choice through the variety of electives offered. Within the classroom, teachers inspire their students to think critically about issues and give them the environment to be able to speak up about them. In a community where students are surrounded by strong women — their peers, their teachers, the staff, and the alumnae — they in turn grow strong and expand their resilience.
At the end of four years, seniors are not rushing to graduate. Senior year brings a newly found gratitude for Assumption when they realize their time at Assumption is truly coming to a close. By senior year, the students have each grown monumentally, and this truly illustrates what an Assumption education is about. This growth can be attributed to many sources, but foremost to Assumption High School and the empowerment it provides its students. Each young woman who is one of the lucky few to experience an Assumption education will stand apart from others because she has a strong foundation of confidence and determination to lead others with integrity and compassion.
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