Hello Blog Readers!
Today is our third day at the Cristo Ray High School and it never fails to be exciting. The students here are always laughing, smiling, and joking. It is almost impossible not to put you in a better mood.
From the first day I saw similarities between Cristo Ray and my high school experience. Like Cristo Ray, my high school was a college prep school with a strict dressed code and hard academics. I remember the days of khaki pants, along with the attempts to break dress code in the sneakiest way possible. It was not until after I graduated high school that I realized how blessed and fortunate I was. Not only did I receive a great education with inspiring teachers, but I was pushed to do my best and think outside the realm of high school. Students at Cristo Ray are also receiving a great education. And while they are learning the usual algebra, history and biology, they are also learning how to behave outside the world of high school. By going to this school they have the upper advantage. They learn the responsibilities of being a working adult; how to dress, how to act and much more. The tools they learn now will help them succeed later on.
The students have often said to me “aren’t we the most rambunctious bunch you have ever seen?” And the answer is yes; but this is not necessarily a bad thing. I have much respect for the teachers and the patience they demonstrate with the students. And when I got the chance to talk to the students one on one, I saw a different side to them. Not only are they bright, but they also are passionate about what they believe in. They have goals, dreams, and ambitions. They know what they want and don’t want in life. I can’t help but be inspired to live my life in a similar way.
In our night-time discussions, after we have finished our day at the school, we are asked the question, ‘Where did you see Christ today?’ And while this is a difficult question, I can’t help but think that I see Christ everywhere in this school. I see it in the hallways, the classrooms, in the teachers, and in the students. His presence is always present in this school.
Peace and Love ☺