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Student Blogger: Abby Hans '19
Posted 04/11/2018 08:26AM

My Favorite Class

I have an immense love for math and science and plan to be an engineer; however, my favorite class at Mercy every year has been my English class. The English teachers at Mercy are one of a kind; you will not find a department so close together and helpful anywhere else. These teachers want to talk to you about everyday life and care about what you have to say.

Despite my love for math and science, English class has become my sanctuary these past three years. It became a place where I could express myself and my ideas without being judged. I can speak about how I interpret something even if it is completely different from someone else.

One of my favorite memories is from freshman year in my first Socratic Seminar. We were discussing the literary cannon, and I compared it to the movie Mean Girls because that was something we could all relate to. I ended up getting the MVP award for the Seminar, and my friends still talk about it today.

Sophomore year, I was introduced to graffiti boards. We all write what we want on the board coming off of questions Mrs. Peavler has written. As a class, we would write quotes, draw pictures, and have mini arguments on the board. At the end they were always colorful, and we made sure the entire board was filled with our thoughts put into words or drawings. It was always fun to walk into class and immediately go straight to the board and find room to write amongst all the others trying to do the same.

This year, my favorite thing about English class is the group discussions. Being in classes at Mercy means the class size is smaller, therefore, group discussions end with us on the floor or circled up in our chairs. The discussions are so much fun because you get to hear what your classmates really think. It makes you feel accomplished when you make a point and half the class adds on to what you said.

After my freshman year with Mrs. Gottbrath, my friends and I made an effort to talk to her every other day for a few minutes. Now, we say good morning to Mrs. Peavler every day and compliment her amazing sense of style. Even though I do not take their classes anymore these are the teachers that I talk to the most outside of class. They are always open to help and chat if you ever want to just sit and have a conversation. I am the most comfortable in my English classes and look forward to them the most.

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