Parables in Pop Culture Emma Holmes


Growing up, my faith was always a very important aspect of my life. My family would attend weekly mass together weekly. When I was young, I would tend to take this for granted. However, when I was in 6th grade I made the choice to switch from a public school to a private, Catholic school in my town. Looking back, I am unaware of what compelled me to do this as I was so young and was doing perfectly fine at my other school. This decision, however, was easily one of the best things I could have done for myself. The friendly, warm environment helped me to develop relationships with some of the most important people in my life while sharing in faith.

High School Years

After graduating from my Catholic middle school, I attended a private, all girls high school in my area. I went there with my best friend I had made in middle school and I could not have been happier. Together we met the most kind and funny girls we could have asked to spend our high school years with. During the summer after my sophomore year, my parents came to me with the news that I had to transfer back to my public high school. I was devastated, to say the least. My parents repeatedly told me they thought that the public high school was better for me academically and one day my mom enrolled me without my knowledge. I was horrified, but as August came to a close, I had to accept the idea that I would be attending a new school. Eventually, I was able to adjust and embrace the change that was brought into my life. I was given the ability to reinvent myself. I joined clubs which helped me to broaden my social group as well as enabled me to effect change in my community. I reconnected with some old friends and connected with new ones. Changing high schools gave me the ability to grow and get to know myself in a different way. Going to a public school helped me to realize I wanted to go to a Catholic university as a community of faith has so much to offer and filled with those with strong morals.

The University Of Scranton

The constant change I had in middle and high school had a large impact on my college decision. Attending the University of Scranton has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. After being taken out of the high school I loved, I am grateful everyday to be involved with such an amazing community of people. I have met friends that I will have for the rest of my life and have had the most unforgettable experiences.

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