Since Gwyn's passing I've been thinking so much about my high school life. Ten years ago I was a sophomore at St. Mary's Academy. I don't think I've blogged much about my time there, so here are a few things I'd like to share about my high school experience:
St. Mary's is an all-girls, four year high school in downtown Portland, Oregon.
When I started as a freshman, construction was underway on the theatre and when I left as a senior they were adding a top floor!
I loved my Catholic education :)
Maybe it was the era, Bush administration and Kerry losing the election in an extremely liberal city, but I remember high school being very political. People walked out to protest in several anti-war rallies; I went and got hot chocolate at Starbucks.
I loved that God was part of my education. We had a priest that was young and would rap, so funny.
I was active in French and fashion club. For a while I helped out with Student Council, but being more active meant going into school early on Thursday late starts. I was not about losing my sleep!
Speaking of sleep, I'd leave the house by 710am because the first bell rang at 745am... good morning! Homework sometimes kept me up until 11pm, and since I was getting up at 6am and still growing, I was exhausted. I kept a poster from Columbia University [Barnard College was my dream school] up near my desk to motivate me.
It astonishes me now, but I was a runner in high school. I used to get so nervous on race days. Luckily I had my friend Elizabeth to encourage me.
Each fall SMA put on a father-daughter dance. My senior year I gave a speech about my awesome dad.
For a senior year elective I signed up for Photoshop class on a whim. If I only knew then what I knew now... I had no interest in photography in high school.
One of the highlights was being on St. Mary's Rose Festival court. Loved being a part of that!
Best of all, I made some excellent, life-long friends. One of the good things that has come out of Gwyn's death is the chance to reconnect with people I've lost contact with. These past few weeks have been a flurry of e-mails, reuniting on facebook and such.
Can't wait for the reunion!