The third of six children, the idea of attending a private school was really never an option. Throughout my childhood, the plan had always been to follow in my brother and sisters footsteps through school
I knew of nothing different. But by the time I was about to enter high school, I began to question the status quo, I realized that I was lacking something big in my life. My public school education offered me every education resource I could imagine, but gave me no opportunity to foster my relationship with God. I started looking into Notre Dame Academy, a private, all-girl Catholic school nearby, but instead, I decided to follow my friends from my 8th grade to the local district public high school that was conveniently located right down the street. I soon began to regret my decision. I quickly felt alone at school. I wasnt considered a person, but just a number.
By the beginning of my sophomore year, my decision to transfer began to weigh more heavily on my shoulders. Would switching schools be worth the risk? If I ended up switching schools and not liking it, would I be able to switch back? And how would my friends react to me leaving?
After months of constant going back and forth, weighing the pros and cons, I ultimately chose to leave behind. I made the switch to Notre Dame. As soon as word got out, everyone speculated as to why I was switching. What could possibly make me leave my comfortable setting at Dixie Heights High School and entering a life of uniforms, all girls, different friends and a private Catholic education? Most people thought my parents were secretly forcing me into this new atmosphere, but that just wasnt the case, it had been my decision the entire time.
Now nearly a year and a half later, I know I made the right decision. Notre Dame has helped me bring God back into my life. I am encouraged to talk to God during school masses, morning prayer and prayer before every class. Academics is also one of Notre Dames finer points. I now have teachers who actually want me to learn the material rather than just pass the class in order to graduate.
For me, the risk I took in switching schools turned out to be the best decision I ever made. Since I was able to experience both a private and public school education, I know what factors I want in a college. Notre Dames small size offered the accessibility I needed while also introducing religion into my life. The decision that took months to make will impact me for many years to come.