Maria Englert

Class of 2021 senior goodbye


On September 6, 2017, I entered a building I had no idea would become my second home, and a place I would find a forever family in. When I walked into my first day, I was mortified because I did not think I was going to build the lasting friendships I have today, and the feeling had already resonated that I was not going to be able to find inclusion in anything I took interest in. At Archbishop Carroll, I have tremendously grown through various experiences that have taught me more about myself and the true self-worth I possess as an individual, as well as through the individuals I have met throughout my four years. 

It is said “confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong” and I learned that in applying myself at the onset of my high school years. I joined chorus, mixed select chorus, Best Buddies, and theatre and found that the mistakes I always thought negatively denoted my character only contributed in building it as I pursued them in making myself as well as others around me better. An example of such experience was the summer going into my junior year when I had the privilege of going to Harlan, Kentucky, for a week. Throughout the duration of seven days, I found such love for the individuals I had the opportunity to meet in our service project, and I came to understand something bigger than myself for the first time in that I was not afraid to admit in opening up to others about my struggles.  

I’ve heard many people say to me that these would be the best four years of my life and to enjoy every second as it is over before you know it. I didn’t realize at the time how true those words were in that just as it began, it’s come to an end. After going on Kairos this past spring, I truly got to engage in an experience and build relationships with various people I have become so grateful to have met and have in my life. Carroll has given me the most delighted four years and countless memories I will hold with me for the rest of my life.