Roncalli Class of 2012,
Harvard University Class of 2016
I am forever grateful to the teachers, administrators, coaches and faculty involved in Catholic education because a Catholic education is the reason I am where I am today. All of the following values of a Catholic education were instilled in me.
First of all, a Catholic education installs a belief in God and his word and expectations for humanity in students at a young age. Students learn to respect themselves and one another. They learn right from wrong. They learn how to be polite around other individuals and how to treat their neighbors as they would want to be treated.
A Catholic education promotes a safe, nurturing family environment that is ideal for children to grow up in. A Catholic education provides a solid, supportive base to students’ life from which they can grow and learn successfully in whatever they choose to do after school.
Catholic schools promote strong work ethics in their students through rigorous curriculum and hard-working teachers who have high expectations and expect participation in extracurricular programs.
For me, a Bible verse that describes this situation is Luke 12:48: “To whom much has been given, much is expected.” Most students at Catholic schools are blessed to be there – they are talented and bright and have been given a lot by God. A Catholic education shows them that it is their duty to be diligent students and hard workers so they can make their families and peers proud and eventually contribute to society to make the world a better place.
Finally, a Catholic education has helped me to stay grounded and to keep things in perspective after moving away from home and living a busy life. No matter how stressed I am, no matter how many things are going on in my life at once, no matter what is giving me trouble, I know that God is always there with me giving me the strength to work as hard as I can to be the best person I can be.
I know that I have a supportive family at home and that family is composed of my biological family and my friends who I went to school with, and my teachers and coaches from these schools.
I am humbled that so many people care about me and wish for my success. I strive to act how God would want me to act on a daily basic because a Catholic education taught me to live that way.