By: Bridget Coleman '18
I can honestly say, without any trace of falsity, that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t attended Assumption High School. But I can also say that I am who I am because of different reasons. Because Assumption taught me lessons I can’t learn in textbooks. Because I was shown that the first step in being successful in life is to be true to who I really am. Because I went to a place where I didn’t feel judged, where I wasn’t afraid to be silly, and where I wasn’t too shy to raise my hand first.
Assumption gave me confidence. When I first stepped through the doors, I was more anxious than excited. I kept my head down, my mouth shut, and myself out of people’s ways. But something was happening to me, something that I couldn’t see while I was in the moment but that I can notice now when I look back. I stopped being a seed planted in the dirt - I started to grow, to blossom. I made eye contact. I let my voice be heard. I ceased being afraid of situations where I had to talk to new people.
I’ve made some of the greatest connections of my life because this school gave me the tools I needed to forge my way in life. Yes, Assumption gave me knowledge and lots of it. But its most important lessons weren’t the ones I was tested on. I learned to be the first to reach out. I learned to be confident in my own abilities, enough that I feel that no matter what I pursue in college, I will be successful. I learned to listen with my whole being, to walk in others' shoes, and that I can and will make a difference.
Assumption has one big factor that sets it apart. The girls who graduate from this school don’t want to leave it. We love our school’s spirit and community so much that we ache to think we must move on. Like all good things, the end of our high school career must draw to a close, and yet we push forward knowing we are prepared to do great things. Once a rose, always a rose.
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