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The Final Question


by LUCINDA HITTLE '22


In Issue 3 of The Light, I asked members of the Saint Ursula Academy faculty some pressing questions, including “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?”, “What were you scared of as a child?”, and “What’s your Starbucks order?”, all posed with the intention of learning more about them outside of an academic setting. Although these prompts are decidedly the pinnacle of high-caliber, game-changing journalism, I felt pressed to go beyond. Among the innocuous, low-stakes questions, I threw in one wild card. This query stated simply:

“What's something you've always wanted your students to know? This question will be anonymous.”

And thus the trap was set. Here are the answers, some scandalous, some sincere, all quoted directly and, as promised, entirely uncredited.

  • “If I wasn't teaching my dream job would be to work with the Muppets at the Children's Television Workshop.”

  • “If I call you out for talking to your friends in class it is truly nothing personal - I did the same thing all the time growing up and thought many of my teachers hated me because of it. We are just trying to do our jobs, and if you've ever given a presentation you can imagine how frustrating it would be if people were talking and laughing instead of paying attention to you.”

  • “I've been to 4 continents and I'd love to visit the rest of them someday!”

  • “In life, you are going to fail. It is inevitable. How you react to that failure is what is most important.”

  • “I had shoulder-length hair when I was from high school through college.”

  • “I've always wanted to be an explorer and go places no one else has ever gone.”

  • “Honestly, I'm ultimately happy to see that you feel happy and comfortable at school!”

  • “Even as adults, we struggle with insecurities and feeling like we don’t fit in! It’s just easier now to surround myself with true friends, with people who build me up!”

  • “I'm a crazy cat lady!”

  • “High school goes really fast, enjoy it! Your teachers really care about you & we are just as human as you are!”

  • “If I could make a living being some sort of artist, I would!”

  • “I probably didn't read many books in high school.”

  • “Keeping score is best left to professionals and sporting events, not amateurs and friendships.”

  • “[I want them to know] how much they are cared about, but I hope they do know this!”

  • “I wasn't a very good student in school. Not always motivated to put the time in.”

  • “The thing I want my students to know most is that: What I care about most is them learning to be responsible and productive human beings. Their grades are only important because of how it relates to their ability to understand boundaries, deadlines and how to hold themselves accountable not because they define worth. It's about the process/journey, not the destination - so don't wish away the journey!”

  • “I have tattooed makeup.”

  • “You should always put the effort in to do your best -- to try to do new things or to improve something you find challenging. Regardless of how well you do, though, know that you still have worth.”

  • “Well, I hope [that SUA students] know how lucky they are and how much they are loved.”

  • “???”

  • “Your value is not tied to your grades!”

  • “You can handle anything thrown your way, you are stronger than you think!”

This isn’t a Buzzfeed article or a tell-all tabloid headline, so I worry about straying too far into the depths of sensationalism, even if it is for a joke! In my last article, the questions were obviously a bit silly, but these answers are coming from people we all know, and I want to respect that. I think it’s important to honor the words of our SUA faculty, so I’m letting them stand on their own, without comment or judgment. Instead, I address the faculty directly when I simply say thank you. This school is special because of your commitment, both to us and to our education, and we are truly lucky to get to learn from you every day.

But all sentiment aside, y’all gave me some wild answers!

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