I wasn’t about to get in trouble; in fact, the situation was the exact opposite.
I sat there waiting to report what had just happened in my history class.
Read more Raised in a proud, traditional Catholic family, I wasn’t sure where to turn when I began to question the Church two years ago.
There was no cataclysmic event that caused me to do so; rather, some of the dogma began to feel exclusionary and overly judgmental.
Read more The 90-degree summer heat beat down on my shoulders, but that was the least of my problems.
A six-year old boy had just disrupted a yellow jacket nest by the lake and children were getting stung left and right.Read more Many of my friends seem to be in no rush to get their driver’s license, with many of their 16th birthdays passing by without even mention of beginning to drive.I, on the other hand, viewed my driver’s license as the next step in becoming an adult.90 minutes earlier, I arrived at class to discover we had a substitute teacher for the period.Admittedly, I felt a moment of relief at the thought of a less taxing lesson than usual.I just couldn’t imagine God caring about much that the Church espoused as doctrine.The first time I voiced a challenge was in my weekly catechism class. Read more Immigration is an enormous issue in America, with people arguing about every possible angle to the challenges facing successful policy reform.If it had been any other summer I would have sat back and let an adult take care of the problem, but as the only camp counselor in the vicinity, I was suddenly the closest grown up around.Read more Patience has never been my strong suit, and while I have always wanted to be a healer, I could never imagine waiting to finish college and medical school before actually working with patients.Last year, I was excited when my English teacher announced that she was assigning a group project for our Shakespeare unit.Read more Sitting outside of the principal’s office, my stomach lurched and my palms felt sweaty.