Seniors: What will be your legacy?
As I ponder the last four years at the Academy, I am filled with an immense amount of memories I know I will cherish forever. So many that I am overtaken with thoughts like, "oh goodness, this is actually happening," and "they can't make me leave!" But graduation is coming soon, so I can't help but wonder what legacy I will leave behind.
I may not be ranked number one in my class or be the star athlete, but I do believe I made a significant impact here, and Mercy has certainly had a significant impact on me. The criteria for being a "Mercy girl" does not require you playing a sport, having a 4.0, or joining the all the clubs; the amount of AP classes you take or how many lanyards you have lost in one semester do not define your time here. I believe it requires a sense of humor and a good work ethic to enjoy your experience at Mercy.
I was also curious to see what my classmates thought. I proceeded to send out a flurry of messages asking my friends, "what legacy am I leaving behind at Mercy?" They responded without batting an eye, and it really touched me how fondly people thought of me.
Star Adams insisted that she would never forget my impression of Cher. Rebecca Dever told me that I cared for people and found a way to make people laugh even on their worst days. Morgan Rohleder simply responded with "your swag." And Jenna Saultzman told me she admired how fearless and willing to speak my mind I was.
I then asked myself, 'how will my teachers and the underclassmen remember me once I am gone?' I realized I almost always succeeded at making the timid freshmen in my theater class laugh. I also remembered how I could barely finish my speech on the junior retreat I led because the group and I couldn't stop giggling.
I will cherish all the times I laughed with Ms. Simmons, and I hope she remembers them fondly too. I can even recall how Mrs. Hibdon once suggested that I should record my laugh because it brightens her day and she is going to miss hearing it in the halls next year.
Laughter has culminated all of my time at Mercy. I have loved Mercy immensely and believe I can say the same for my classmates. This is rare, because finding common ground between 134 girls is difficult.
Catherine McAuley said it best in a letter to a dear friend, "It comforts me exceedingly to know that you are happy."
If I could shove a life time of happiness, love, and success into a burrito, I would make one for all of you. When the community of Mercy thinks of me in the future years, I hope they are reminded that they are loved and appreciated. I also hope they know they have not only me, but the whole Circle of Mercy in their corner. But most of all, I hope they giggle.