Monthly Archives: April 2018

Why History? by Eden Morris

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It is common for students to dread history class. A lot of students view history class as a place where they are forced to learn and stare at the pictures of people who are only a pile of bones under the ground.

I do not fit this stereotype. I love and have a fascination with history of all cultures and time periods. Setting opinions aside, why do students have to learn history? The general answer would be to learn from the mistakes of the past, but it is much deeper than that. History gives us a lens for understanding people around us and what makes them unique. When one opens a history book, one has opened a door for a world of perception to be used not only for head knowledge, but for applications to use in present day life.

Knowing what others believe, I can open up an entire new perspective for myself on the events happening in the present world. For example, I am currently studying American History. This year I learned about the extreme racial tensions in America that led to the start of the Civil War. I am also studying Southern authors in American Literature who reveal the same tense conflict by writing about the murder of an African American man whose goal was to persuade America to allow African Americans to vote. The author exposes the murderer’s heart issue and why someone would hate another race so much. By using this information learned in class, I can analyze the racial tensions still going on to this day and identify the root of the issue. I can also take it to a positive light and see how far America has come with racial tensions and how it is slowly fading away. Having awareness for what is going on in the world will benefit you in understanding others and where they come from. 

College Tour: What to Expect by Ann Marie Godfrey

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One exciting aspect of junior year at Westminster is the college tour. The purpose of this trip is to show you what kinds of schools are out there from big universities to small liberal arts colleges. This helps you get a feel of what options are available to you and what kind of schools that you like best. This trip along with taking the ACT several times were essential to my junior year. Once you have a feel for the type of college that you might want to attend, the process of research and tours begin. Even if you really like a school that you see on the college tour, it is important to tour that school again or maybe attend a preview day to make sure you still like it. For juniors and rising seniors, days off from school like spring break and even summer can be good times to tour schools that they are interested in. According to ACT, Inc., there are nine things you should do when visiting a college: 1) take a campus tour, 2) explore the surrounding area, 3) meet with a department advisor, 4) chat with an enrolled student, 5) sit in on a class, 6) eat in the dining hall, 7) attend a play or sporting event, 8) talk with a financial advisor, and 9) spend the night in a dorm. While you may not be able to do all of this in just one visit, it might be beneficial to spend the night on campus and explore the surrounding area as you become more serious about attending a college. The college search can be scary and overwhelming. I have only just begun this process myself, but knowing what I want from a college and the steps I should take to make sure a college is right for me have been a vital part in making the process a little easier.

Rambling Thoughts from a Grateful Senior by Will Green

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As I approach the end of my senior year, it is honestly just hard to believe that it is already here. This has always been a time of life the I have only imagined and dreamed of. Literally, since seventh grade I was so scared of senior thesis and having to speak in front of the whole school. I was convinced I would never have to do it. “Maybe that will pass by me, and I will not have to do that.” However, that was not the case. Just a few weeks ago I gave my senior thesis speech to the Upper School, and it was terrifying.

It is behind me now, and it is just one more reason why my time at Westminster has been such a crucial part of making me who I am. Westminster has shaped me and molded me to think, write, create, and relate to others and the world through the lens of Jesus Christ. Westminster has challenged me to use my mind and talents in ways that I never thought I could do.

Westminster opened up the door for friendships by older students like Jack Stein. As a result of the lasting, meaningful relationship I have with Jack, I knew that I wanted to pour into the lives of those younger than me. Westminster has called me to seek meaning in what I do both inside and outside the school walls. I have learned to use and manage my time wisely. Yet in those moments when my time escaped me, I was reminded and even sought out by teachers and staff who knew me well enough to see I was struggling. Westminster truly does care for the individuals that are in its halls, and that to me is the most unique part of our school.

Teachers, faculty, and staff all care for me and want me to succeed. My prayer is that leaders among the students will continue to rise and challenge those in their grade and friend groups to be more like Christ and, ultimately, to shape Westminster to be a light to Birmingham. So to all who have poured countless hours, days, and years into me and my education, I would like to say thank you.

And in the words of the current senior class, “Knights forever!”