Feeling Forced to Fit-In and Praying for your own Voice
Every student rises out of their chair, above their head a voice comes on. “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” every day an entire school recites these same words, at the same time, in the same uniform. A Catholic School is not a place for originality and uniqueness and, for some this can feel more like a prison than a place for learning and faith to go hand-in-hand.
“I feel as though I was “brainwashed” in some ways. There were only 24 people in my class, so everyone knew each other,” junior Grace said. “I didn’t look, act, or dress exactly how everyone else did I was looked down upon and made fun of.”
After eight years in that environment, moving to Hamilton Southeastern High School meant more than just new house or a different address, it was an entirely new world. Even more than that, this meant no more plain socks, collared shirts and having to try to fit in where you don’t belong. My biggest change has been my political beliefs and personal moral compass. “At the private school, everyone was extremely close-minded,” Grace said. “As I switched to a public school I became friends with people of different cultures, religions, or upbringings, which really shaped who I am today.”
In a school of over 2,500 students, finding your niche is key to surviving, even more so of you’re the “new kid”. Grace was able to find herself not on a team or on the stage but, behind a computer. While other journalists may spend their time interviewing about Prom or writing about sports, that was never enough for Grace. She always found herself centering her journalism career around one single quote by George Orwell, “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”
In our world today being an aspiring journalist is not easy. With the idea of “Fake News” a portion of the general public has lost their trust in the information provided by the news. “I feel as though the freedom of press is slowly becoming more and more limited.”