Dear Mercy Sisters
Wanting to avoid a letter full of laments regarding graduation and our departure from Mercy, I have elected to try a different theme: pride in our legacy.
I recently had a discussion of pride in my AP English class regarding our current novel, Pride and Prejudice. While having not read the classic in its entirety yet, I have come to see that pride holds a negative connotation in the minds of the book's characters.
We discussed how in our modern age, and evidently for centuries past, having confidence in one's self and pride in one's situation is misinterpreted as arrogance for egocentricity. However, I fail to understand how being proud of a place such as Mercy or the qualities we have given to it, could ever be a bad thing.
Our class has something special. We love so intensely, lead maturely, and learn in unexpected ways. Hearing affirmations of these same beliefs from teachers and coaches equally humbles me and fills my heart with pride.
We have conducted ourselves in a manner that serves as an example to the underclassmen of who and what Mercy girls are. As they pass the same attitude down to the ones who will come after them, our legacy remains, and so will we.
So, be shamelessly, unapologetically prideful, for you all are true Mercy sisters, and the world has noticed. As stated in the movie, Moana, one can really reach their destination if they know where they have been. Remember this spirit. Remember your Mercy. Take pride in your roots, and your future will surpass even your wildest hopes.
With all my love,