Why I Stand Behind My Catholic School

Why I Still Stand Behind My Catholic High School In 2019

Not all Catholic high schools are the same.

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With all the controversy surrounding Covington Catholic High School in the news and on social media, it would be easy for me to bash my own Catholic high school and jump on this anti-private school bandwagon. However, that is not me, and that is not what my school deserves.

I am in no way condoning the actions that were committed by those high school boys, but it is also not fair that because of this one action, Catholic high schools are being given a bad rap.

My high school encouraged me to have my own ideas. It did not try to influence me any one way, it did not try to brainwash me or force beliefs on me. It did not teach me to discriminate, it did not force my political views.

I am not "anti-woman" or "anti-minority," I am not a privileged white kid unaware of the world around me. My Catholic high school did not teach me that I was better than anyone else.

It taught me the exact opposite. It taught me how to love. It taught me how to learn, it taught me how to lead, and it taught me how to listen. It taught me compassion and kindness. It taught me about the many views and opinions of the world, and it taught me that I could believe in whichever I wanted to.

My Catholic high school taught me how to make a name for myself, and how to command a student section. It taught me how to do calculus, how to solve a crime, how to make a boat out of cardboard boxes, and how to manage my time better (we're actually still working on that one).

It taught me that it was okay not to take a date to a dance, and while I never quite learned how to dance, it taught me to never stop dancing. While some of these lessons may seem arbitrary, the reason they are vital in my development is that they taught me how to have fun.

My Catholic high school was a place where new ideas were accepted and encouraged. It was a place where a healthy debate was supported and appreciated.

Beyond that, it was a place where teachers could be more than just teachers; they were my mentors, leaders, coaches, senior picture photographers, and most importantly, my friends. It was a place where I could paint my whole face pink for a student section pink-out, and not be judged by a single person.

It was a place where I could wear my hair in a messy bun and show up to class in a blanket because I knew my appearance wasn't what others were concerned about. It was a place where crocs were considered high fashion, a place where I (and the rest of the student body) was more excited for a basketball game than homecoming.

It was more than a school to me, it was a home. My home. It was the "high school experience" and so much more, and I can confidently say that I am where I am, and I am who I am because I attended Catholic high school.

Now I understand that not every school is like this. I understand that there are institutions that instill superiority in their students. There are some schools that do not teach this, but their students still develop a superiority complex.

The point being, not every Catholic school is the same, and they should not be grouped or stereotyped into a category of corrupt and biased institutions merely because the mistakes of a group of students from one school out of 6,000 were publicized.

Moral of the story, not every Catholic high school is the same, and it's unfair to assume so.

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7

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On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvAdohMF7b9/

Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuMOFmlDm5/

Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPvbUWjsgR/

In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUrV5hl-5B/

From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRqXqqlshV/

All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTItkEDh9d/

Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumUfpXFKaL/

There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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