By Jody Hetzel
As a public school 8th grader coming into a catholic high school, I was very nervous. However, throughout my first year as not only a high school student, but also coming into a new catholic school environment, I have come a long way. There are many things I have learned from my freshman year and I can definitely say I have found my “way” in high school. Through the various sports, clubs, and activities I have met many new people and have become a better person. I never expected my freshman year to lay out this way, but I’m happy it has.
My transition from a public school to a catholic school-
Many may think coming from a public school may be difficult, and they are right, but they don’t know that it makes you a better, all around student. The main differences between the two are uniforms, grading system, and all girls.
The uniform: At a public school you get to wear whatever you want. My normal day outfit was always very “lazy”. A t-shirt, sweatpants, and gym shoes was what I loved to wear. Although I miss not being able to wear that, I love uniforms. It’s so easy because you don’t have to pick out your outfit every night and it’s always the same thing. Although at times, like when it’s cold, I wish we could wear sweatpants and sweatshirts.
The grading: At a public school they use a 10 point grade scale. At Catholic schools they normally use a 7 point grade scale. In the beginning, this transition was hard because I was used to being a straight A student and now I have downgraded to an A and B student. However, this grade scale has made me push myself to get that 93 in order to get an A.
All girls: Boys. Woah. Although many girls wish there were boys in high school, I don’t. Boys were always an annoyance. At times they were fun to have around because they always made me laugh but I wouldn’t like them in high school with me. At Oakhills, which is where I would’ve gone, there are boys. This is a huge difference. Many people have said to me, “wouldn’t there be so much drama?” The answer is no. I don’t even realize that it is all girls sometimes. Obviously I know there are not any guys, but there is little to no drama. At the most, I actually like it being all girls. I have created a sisterhood with all these girls and I wouldn’t have gotten this opportunity at a public high school.
My favorite class this year has definitely been religion. I have never taken a religion class in my entire life, with this in mind, you would think I would hate it. However, I have grown closer with God and have definitely grown in my faith.
I have met so many new people. Throughout clubs and sports I have had the opportunity to not only be friends with freshman, but also upperclassmen. For clubs I was in Student Council and became a leader for my homeroom. This helped me grow in leadership, friendship, and kindness. I swam this year for Mercy and I loved it. It kept me in shape and I enjoyed meeting all the people. Whether it was team bonding or just meets, we all got very close.
Mercy was everything I expected and then some. It has given me so many opportunities and I definitely feel the love. The Mercy community is very compassionate, loving, and happy. I enjoy every day of school I have here at Mercy and I wouldn’t want my four years of high school anywhere else.