My name is Clarissa Flores, and I am a graduate of the Class of 2019. As I write this letter and reflect on my 4 years here at Louisville, I am sad at how quick time has gone, but am also very excited for you to soon experience the SISTERHOOD! I am so grateful for everything this school has offered me and so happy that I followed my heart and chose Louisville.
Four years ago, I remember being in your shoes, confused and overwhelmed to take on this next chapter of my life. Deciding which high school to attend was not an easy one for me as I had the pressures of my family constantly telling me where I should go. My two older siblings both attended the same catholic high school, thus it was expected of me to follow their footsteps. However, after attending Louisville’s 8th Grade Visit Day, my mind was set. This is where I wanted to be, grow, and learn.
I thought my transition to high school would be a lot harder than it was, but my first week as a freshman was a breeze. The warm welcome allowed me to branch out faster than usual as I ran for freshman class president. I entered Louisville only knowing a few girls from my former school and knew this would be a good way to build relationships with my classmates, while being able to represent the class I already developed a newfound love for. To my surprise, I won! This was the first of my many outgoing decisions I made at Louisville. For instance, sophomore year I took a dance class with a bunch of my friends without having any previous experience and junior year I decided to challenge myself by taking AP Chemistry. I would have never taken advantage of these opportunities if it were not for the people and teachers I encountered at Louisville, who support me in everything I do.
I have made everlasting friendships here that I know I will have for the rest of my life. My classmates accept me for who I am, allowing me to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. The student-teacher relationships are unique at Louisville. For me, they are not only my teachers but also my supporters, as they even attend my softball games. They truly want you to succeed in ALL you do which is why I feel so comfortable coming in after school for extra help or if I just want to have a friendly conversation.
Being that it is an all girls’ school, I was worried that this aspect would not be the right fit for me. Again, to my surprise, I found myself being better focused and participating more in class as my fear of being judged diminished. I truly believe this aspect has helped me excel in my studies and in building my confidence as a woman. And yes, there is still time to spend time with boys at events such as football games and exchange day.
There are so many different ways to get involved at Louisville and the spirit here is contagious. Which is why I found myself getting involved in different clubs and committees, in campus ministry by leading retreats, and in representing my school by being an ambassador at events. I have also been a varsity softball player all four years, even making it to CIF championships my freshman year. Through my participation in extracurriculars, my skills in leadership and communication have significantly flourished. I am positive you will find what fits for you and what you are passionate about here at Louisville.
With all that being said the most important thing Louisville has given me is the confidence and guidance to preserve in everything I do. In addition, the values Louisville promotes has influenced and molded me into the young lady I am today. I am one proud Louisville alumna, and one day you could be too!