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LuxAeterna6603's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by LuxAeterna6603

Thank you all so much for your encouraging words and advice, to answer some reoccurring questions, yes I am going to be a sophomore once school commences once more after summer break and still have two years before going to college, but my parents have spent a great deal of the summer attempting to convince me to select a college and career field now, while I am still 15, so that I can immerse myself in the knowledge necessary for a specific career field. They love me very much and push me to not only be my best, but the best in total. I am the top student in my class for this past freshman year, and my parents are convinced that to send me to a substandard school (in their eyes, any state or public school) would be a complete waste of my academic talents. The professors at my school assure me that to be able to attend an Ivy League school, I must be well rounded in all things. Hence, the moral church-going student is only but one of the many pieces of criteria they claim must be met to meet the standards of religious schools analogous to Harvard and Yale. I intend to take all of your advice in reference to volunteering with nonreligious foundations to assist the elderly or tutor youth younger than I. By my senior year, I will have been required to rack up over 70 hours of community and parish service; I will simply focus heavily on community rather than parish so as to avoid conflict. I feel this is the best thing for me at this stage of life, to avoid conflict, and perhaps I will be able to slowly change my parents' views on the importance of religion in education. Hopefully, I will be able to open the eyes of some of my friends who are on the fence about religion along the way, as well. Maybe in that manner, by the time my classmates and I must choose where our futures will lead us, I will be in a more open-minded and accepting environment. If there's one thing I've witnessed time and time again after all my years of education at a Catholic school, it is that Catholics are very inclusive. Anyone who has different believes is to be respected for their beliefs. Basically saying that Catholics are right, everyone else is wrong, but that's alright because we'll begin to grow on you in a bit and you'll realize that it's Jesus who is the truth et cetera, et cetera. However the country as a whole seems to be taking a more open-minded approach to evidence based deductions, rather than stories taught and vigorously reinforced throughout life. In total, perhaps we are moving towards a new era, one in which the myths of gods are nothing more than that, myths. In that case, I can be nothing less than ecstatic to be part of bringing the world closer to that era--even if it only just means changing the minds of those closest to me. Thank you all again for your inspirational words. I am grateful to know I am not as alone as I once thought myself to be.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 05:34:40 UTC | #949968