What Aquinas Means to Katie

“Aquinas” is a word that has multiple meanings: the last name of arguably the greatest theologian and saint, the name of our amazing high school.  More importantly, Aquinas, to me, means faith and family.  Aquinas is the place where I have met God and met people that have sincerely impacted my life.  Aquinas is a place that I will never forget.

Since being at Aquinas these past nine months, I have truly found God.  Before attending this school, I did not know God.  Aquinas has introduced me to God and, in these few short months, instilled in me a relationship with God that I feel is strengthening each day.  I am continuing to learn more about my faith and the sacred scripture.  I have learned the importance of prayer and have felt what it can do to a person.  I have also learned how important it is that I have a relationship with God, and I can now see God acting in my life every day.  

One thing that I find special about Aquinas is the fact that we pray at the start of each and every class.  I think this is so unique and hard to find anywhere else.  I am so grateful to attend a school where not only is expressing my religion okay but it is encouraged. The faculty at Aquinas all exhibit a love for God and are examples of how to live a life that serves God.  If it were not for Aquinas, my relationship with God would still be non-existent.  

“Family” is a word that is usually associated with people that are biologically related or that live under the same roof.  Family, however, can be found anywhere.  And one place that I have found family is Aquinas High School.  Everyone, from the teachers to the staff to the older students, has made me feel welcomed here at Aquinas.  If I ever have a question about anything, I always know there are so many people that would be happy to help.  There is a place for every type of person at Aquinas.  With all of the sports, the arts, and the extracurriculars, it is certain that anyone can find a spot to fit in. 

One thing that makes Aquinas extra special is the teachers.  They show concern for the welfare of each student and want to see everyone succeed.  All of the teachers make it clear that they are available to help and work with anyone that may be struggling.  Many even give their time after school for students to come in and work.  They have pushed me to work harder so that I may gain success.  I have never seen a group of people like the Aquinas community that truly all support each other and the school and work together to do what is best for the students.  

One of the best decisions I have made was the choice to come to Aquinas.  The roots of my faith have been planted here, and I have come to know God.  I have met people here that have shown me how to live a faith-filled life, and I have met people that I know I will never forget.  Aquinas is more than just a high school.  It is the place where I have found my faith and my family.  I am proud to be a student of Aquinas High School.