What Makes A Rosary Royal?
SHE ACTS HER AGE. A table of freshmen competing in a spontaneous dance off during lunch, music thumping as a crowd gathers around them. A trio of friends sitting on the lawn between classes, their laughter joyful and carefree. Students jumping up and down on swaying gym bleachers, euphoric in red and gold face paint as their Royals win. At Rosary, girls stay girls longer. Real life can wait.
SHE EMBRACES HER FAITH. She goes to church with her family on Sundays, and she attends the Rosary Father-Daughter Masses. But something is different now. When they talk about religion at Rosary, her heart stirs. Her faith feels more alive, more personal. Her relationship with God is playing a meaningful role in her everyday life. It is reshaping her decisions away from campus. She had hoped to become a better student at Rosary. She never expected to become a better person.
SHE FINDS HER VOICE. Her friends choose other high schools. Everything at Rosary is new to her. But the faculty go out of the way to engage her. She begins to see them as mentors. She bonds with the other girls like long-lost sisters. For the first time in memory, no one is judging her. She speaks up in class. She asks incisive questions. She debates big ideas. Rosary is cultivating a part of her she never knew existed. She is finding her voice. It is true and it is strong. She will never let it go.
SHE THINKS DIFFERENTLY. Collaborative. Competitive. Confident. Creative. Funny. Humble. Independent. Innovative. Intelligent. Kind. Loyal. Open-minded. Optimistic. Passionate. Resilient. Spiritual. She is all these things and more. She embraces Rosary’s traditions, but she is not a traditional thinker. While others prepare for the future she is creating it. When someone asks “Why?” she asks “Why not?” As she walks
on stage to address the audience at Red & Gold, she is reminded that Rosary isn’t a
school for girls. It’s a school for women who think differently.
SHE IS FEARLESS. Her expert teachers challenge her to take risks in the classroom,
even if that means sometimes making mistakes. So she designs robots from sensors,
motors, and screws. She critiques black and white photography at the Getty. She
experiments with programming, recoding syntax into syntactic sugar. She is a big sister
to wide-eyed new freshmen. She studies AP French. Ce n’ est pas facile. She does not
always succeed but she is always learning. She is a fearless young woman.
SHE INSPIRES. The acceptance letters arrive one by one. USC. Marist. Harvard. She
receives letters from the best colleges in the country. Some day, she will lead men and
women in the U.S. Navy, her decisions changing lives on land and sea. She will write
movies people watch on nervous first dates and rainy Sunday afternoons. She will take
the hand of an anxious mother in the emergency room and she will tell her that her child
is going to be fine – and then make it so. She is a Rosary Woman and she is inspiring.
SHE IS A MORE COMPLETE WOMAN. Some of what she has learned at Rosary
cannot be measured by a test. Here, she has learned to be a more thoughtful daughter;
a more affectionate sister; a more loyal friend; a more empathetic human being. She
has learned to stand for those who can’t stand for themselves, and to try to recognize
the face of God in the strangers she meets. She remembers St. Paul’s words: “But now
faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” She strives to live
this kind of love. She is a more complete woman.