Finding Myself OMG: A Bullshit Quest

Well, where do I start? I'm struggling, I suppose, to find out who I am outside of who my parents want me to be, who my friends want me to be, or who my own perfectionist tendencies (totally personified) want me to be. I don't know if this blog will really document my progress in, ahem, coming of age, or if it will just basically be a place for me to vent and blab about nothing. We shall see.

Monday, March 27, 2006

SCCHS steps into the future, OMG!!! Or, all about Seton.

This will probably only interest Lydia and myself. Mr. Hyland's sister, who writes an opinion column for the Press & Sun Bulletin, had a piece in today's paper entitled, The future is present at Seton CC. Now, of course, the title dragged me in. Seton? The future? Two phrases rarely heard together except, of course, for the ever-popular "Seton has no future unless you GIVE MONEY, ALUMNUS, EVEN IF YOU JUST GRADUATED TWO YEARS AGO AND ARE POOR AS THE PROVERBIAL DIRT."

So, as I continued to read the article (click on the link to do so), I was fascinated. Fascinated! Mr. Hyland's classes were always interesting anyway, and he had his computer linked up to the overhead thing, but this SMART board thing is different, I guess. It sounds pretty cool, and they're using it in a bunch of different classes. Perhaps, Lydia, you can inquire of the Philster if he's had any contact with these SPACE AGE machines, and if they are all they're cracked up to be.

When I told my mom that Seton was moving into the space age, she was like "It's about time! I had more technology in my first grade classroom ten years ago than they did the last time I visited Seton's computer lab." Touché, Mama, touché.

I, on the other hand, am perhaps a little more cautious. Technology is all well and good, but unless dear old SCC has changed enormously in my absence, I think that there are probably more pressing concerns that they could be spending their money on. (I will admit I haven't really been back, so for all I know, it could be the perfect school by now.) This is the same Catholic school district that has been closing elementary and middle schools right and left, letting teachers go willy-nilly, and losing many other teachers because of the low pay and poor resources. Only those truly dedicated to Catholic school education (like Mr. Hyland) or the independently wealthy remain. I was talking with some of my classmates from my second senior year and we were speculating that out of all the teachers who were there when we were freshmen, only a few remain. In spite of constantly rising tuition rates that have driven many families away from Catholic schools, there just seems to be very little change for the better and more change for the worse as class offerings diminish, Seton's building crumbles, student council members are kicked out for drug and alcohol use, and staff flee to better-paying public schools.

Maybe I'm just being a pessimist because I'm in a bad mood today. This technology does sound cool, and maybe if Seton is more technologically advanced, it will make parents believe they're getting more for their money and will encourage more families to make the sacrifice required by tuition and keep their kids at SCC. There are other positive things to focus on--- Look how well both the boys and girls basketball teams did this year! There's always the Saintly Grounds Café, which rocks and from what I hear has only grown since I left. Also, whilst exploring Seton's website, I discovered that Ms. Frech runs not only a lovely and very informative library site, but also has a blog! Very impressive indeed, Ms. Frech. Let me say that while others were put off by your occasionally less-than-personable attitude, I always appreciated your dedication to the school and the library. Libraries rock, and Ms. Frech, if you're reading this, know that even if students are sometimes less than receptive or poke fun of you, most of us really appreciate your hard work!

Sorry, I got off on a Ms. Frech tangent. I just thought it was so cool that the SCC library has a blog. (Plus, a Saint of the Week!)

Okay, I take back any negativity. So what if the Catholic schools are in decline? My alma mater rocks. It does, I swear! When I think about what I went through with my illness and having to repeat my senior year, I don't know what I would have done if I had been in a large public school. The teachers at Seton really were caring and helpful and did everything they could to help me graduate and do well. Also, as much as I hated having to do another year of high school, God really does work in mysterious ways. If I hadn't repeated that year, I never would have become friends with Roxy, Danelle, Allison, Christina, Dallas, and all of the other fabulous girls from that class. I'm still tight with Lydia and Caitlin (obviously we are BONDED FOR LIFE) but I can't say that I talk to anyone else from my original class on any sort of regular basis, let alone hang out with them. I'm closer than ever to Roxy, Nelly, and Allie, though, and still close to Christina and Dallas. I don't know where I would be if I never had gotten to know them--- all I know is that my life would be a much darker place.

So basically, I guess my point, if I have one, is this: a Catholic school education may not be for everyone, it's damn expensive and may sometimes seem pointless, but in the end, for me at least, it was totally worth it. A lot of my BCC friends had very positive experiences in public school, too, so I guess it depends on the person. I won't say that high school was the best years of my life, that would be a blatant lie since I spent much of it sickly and unable to leave the house, and besides, I prefer to believe that the best years of my life are yet to come. But, but, but, looking back, it certainly wasn't as bad as I made it out to be. Seton's a good place, and I commend all the teachers and staff there, as well as the friends I met, for making it that way.

P.S.--- Mary Pat Hyland also has a really cool blog! That Hyland family, every one of them is just so talented! Remember when I wrote about meth and C4? She wrote a great post on the topic here.

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  • At 5:20 PM, Blogger Lydia said…

    good lord that was long. i swear i'll actually read it later. looks interesting, though. can't wait to check out Ms. Frech's blog (OMG and i am so at the library as i type!!!)

  • At 12:27 AM, Blogger Marcia said…

    Long schmong. You'd better read it later... or else I will come to Syracuse and eat you like a chocolate bunny rabbit! (I have Easter on the mind, apparently.) Hee, isn't it cool that Ms. Frech has a blog? And totally fate that you were at the library.


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