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Student Blogger: Olivia Greenwell '18
Posted 01/26/2017 03:01PM

My Favorite Mercy Memory

The time I have spent at Mercy has yielded so many amazing memories such as freshman walk and sophomore service, but one stands out above others. A few months ago I went on junior retreat, which had a great impact on me. At the time I went, I was very stressed out with schoolwork and tests approaching. This made me think it wasn't a great time to miss school for a retreat, but this actually meant it was the perfect time.

What makes this such an amazing memory is the way it caused me to take a step back from all the daily stress life sends our way and to acknowledge my self worth along with the positive things in my life. As opposed to focussing on the schoolwork I had and the struggles in my life, retreat showed me ways to live in a world with negativity while still focussing on the positive. I had this realization while sitting by the pond during our free time on retreat. I sat with my friends and talked about what we had been discussing as we all chose to set goals for ourselves that we hoped to live up to by the end of junior year. All of us were able to come together as one class while learning more about each other on this retreat.

To make such a realization on a three-day retreat may sound impossible, but that is what makes this a good memory. This memory would not be nearly the same without our amazing retreat director Ms. Kuenzig. Her knowledge and shared life experiences are truly inspirational and are what made this retreat unique. I am thankful for the way we have been inspired on every retreat by her thus far to take action in the community for better change.

My favorite Mercy memory of junior retreat is one I will cherish forever and leads me to look forward to senior retreat. To all who are prospective students, freshman, sophomores, or juniors who haven't gone on this retreat yet, I strongly suggest you go! It is a great way to come together with your class and realize that as young women, you can make an impact on the world.

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