My name is Maggie Brennan and I am an alumna of SRB, class of 2015. After graduating from SRB I went to Resurrection College Prep (class of 2019) and I am now about to start my senior year at Loyola University Chicago.
I feel that SRB was a great kick starter to my education. I moved to Jefferson Park from Park Ridge in fourth grade. I was extremely nervous to start over at a new school, and on top of that I had never gone to a Catholic school before. My first day was on Valentine’s Day. I arrived at the side entrance to wait for my first day to start and I was instantly greeted by my new classmates. I felt so relieved to meet so many nice people on my first day at a new school. From then on, I knew I would fit in.
I am so thankful for all the teachers I had at St. Roberts. There was not one teacher I ever disliked! The teachers have so much care and compassion for their students, and it shows in their classrooms. If I ever had a question or concern, I always felt comfortable bringing it up to my teacher. This had a big impact on me as I went on to bigger schools with more challenging academics. Growing up with caring teachers has shown me that teachers are there to help and mentor you.
I remember thinking Mrs. Peters’ English was hard because of a term paper we had to write and how strict our grammar had to be. However, what I did not realize at the time was how much it would help me. Because of that class, I was one of the only people in my high school English class that wasn’t struggling with the term paper we had to write. I also credit Mrs. Peters’ English with my ease and ability to sit down and write a paper. I feel like I have learned so many tools to be successful thanks to my teachers.
Lastly, making new friends at SRB taught me how to be comfortable with being the new kid. Being put in a new environment was a scary thought to me, but when I was able to make friends my very first day, I learned I had nothing to fear. With a class of 20, I was friends with everyone. Some of my favorite middle school memories were with these people. We spent almost every weekend meeting at Dunham Park. I now have the confidence to be myself around new people and I am easily able to make new friends.
If it weren’t for SRB, I don’t know who I would be today! I have nothing but good things to say about St. Roberts and the education I got there. I will always be thankful for my former teachers and the friends I made and feel that SRB made me the student and the person I am today.