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Student Blogger: Julia Barefoot '18
Posted 03/21/2017 09:49AM

How are you involved outside the classroom?

At Mercy, the more involved you are, the greater high school experience you have, and the more opportunities you open up for yourself. Through being involved in various clubs and sports teams, I have met some of my best friends and gained memories that will last a lifetime.

One of the things I am involved with is field hockey. I joined the team the summer before my freshman year and immediately gained a family at Mercy. We practiced together every day and then would go out and eat dinner or do something fun for team bonding. By the time class started, I already had friends at Mercy. Over the three years I have played, I have had so much fun. This past season, I was able to travel to St. Louis to play in a tournament with my team. We had an amazing time and won our entire pool. All the memories from that trip will stay with me forever, and I am so happy I could experience the win with my team. The field hockey team also volunteers to help work the Ironman every year. I love being guided to serve others and be with my team at the same time. If I had not joined the field hockey team, my Mercy experience would not have been the same.

Another thing I do outside of Mercy is I run for the track team. Every day after school in the spring, I am running the workout with my teammates. They push me to be a better runner and to achieve my goals. Track is an interesting sport because even though you belong to a team, a lot of the work is individual. It's amazing when you are almost done running and you can hear your team cheering you on. Being involved with track allowed me to branch out again and make new friends. This season, I am one of the older runners, so I am given a higher responsibility. I love being able to share everything I have learned and experienced with girls that are trying track for the first time.

Outside of sports at Mercy, I am also involved with several clubs such as Y club and Student Council. In Y club, we prepare to go to conferences such as KYA and KUNA where we get to write legislation and argue our position to help Kentucky and the world. In Y club, I get to hear other people's opinions and expand my knowledge on issues that I did not always know about. Y club has taught me to stand up for what I believe in and to listen to others.

At Student Council, we discuss leadership tips, ways to involve the entire school in fun activities, and other decisions for Mercy. One of the cool things our student council is doing this year is the Woman of the Month Campaign. Each month, an important woman is celebrated for her accomplishments and the school learns information about her. It is amazing to be involved with what goes on at Mercy. I am helping shape my experience with my involvement.

Mercy has given me so much more than an education. Through my involvement, I have grown as a person and gained amazing friends. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be so involved, as it has made Mercy even more fun. It is hard to believe a school as great as Mercy can get better, but it does when you participate in extracurricular activities.


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