Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” I would not be where I am today without my thirteen years spent in Catholic schools. I owe my successful educational background all to my parents, Mark and Betsy. Thanks to their financial sacrifice, I’m able to achieve great things in school and beyond the classroom. The rigorous classes I took in school prepared me for my adult life in college now. My teachers pushed me the extra mile in order to reach my fullest potential and I will forever be grateful for that. From a St. James/Seton eagle to a Mercy monarch and now a University of Nebraska-Omaha maverick, I’ve enjoyed the wild ride!
My parents were my biggest motivators during my grade school and high school years. They were never worried about my grades because they were confident that I was able to do my best in school. I was always able to go to them for help and they knew the answers (for the most part!). I admired where they went to high school and college and knew that I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I’m their oldest child and I’m glad that I’m carrying on my mom’s legacy of attending UNO for college. It’s cool to think that we are both mavericks now. I’m blessed for the opportunity to finally get to attend her alma mater this year. I’m glad that I’m not only making my parents proud, but also bettering my future with the gift of a college education.
I owe a large portion of my educational success to Mercy High School as well. Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, once said,” No work of charity can be more productive to society than the careful instruction of women.” Attending an all-girls school has allowed me to be a leader, participate in class discussions, and boost my self-esteem. I’m thankful that I was able to make lifelong friends that I could see as being bridesmaids in my wedding one day! Not wearing makeup and wearing a uniform allowed me to see a person from the inside-out rather than the outside-in. I loved not caring about my appearance or having to impress the boys because I was able to focus more on myself and my education. I consider my teachers friends now because they really helped me succeed in school. They were there for me when I needed it most and always gave me helpful advice. Mercy has some of the finest educators and they will always hold a special place in my heart. Shout-out to Miss Marcuccio, Mr. Bantam, and Mrs. Kessler! Once a Mercy girl, always a Mercy girl!
Attending a college-preparatory high school was the best decision that I ever made. I was prepared more than ever for the hard college coursework my freshman year. I knew that college wasn’t going to be easy, but I always tried my best to succeed in and outside of the classroom. A college education is truly a great opportunity so far. I’m glad that I chose to come to UNO and that it challenged me academically. I cannot wait to one day walk across that stage at graduation with a bachelor or master’s degree in a field that I’m passionate about. The pathway to a successful life is endless and it’s up to you to achieve and accomplish great things!