By Kylie Wulf, RocketLaunch Editor-in-Chief
Having already learned of their value their freshmen year, sophomores learned about their dignity and worth through this year’s Mission Week. The week started with the speakers and BLOOM plays, all having to do with this year’s theme of “Excellence Empowers”. Tuesday, though, was when the sophomores had the whole school to themselves with freshmen on their neighborhood field trips, juniors at Bellarmine University, and seniors at the Green. The day was set up much like Monday with three rotating stations.
The first station gave the sophomores the opportunity to learn from Assumption’s Mary Byron Scholars about domestic violence. They learned about the dangers of unhealthy relationships and learned how to detect the signs that someone is in a potentially dangerous relationship. The second station involved a self-defense lesson where they learned how to protect themselves in any possible situation. This experience has become a staple of sophomore mission week and one of the most memorable moments as it has been implemented throughout the years. The third station was one that only recently has been introduced.
Through the first two stations, sophomores learn of their own dignity and worth, but the last station allowed sophomores to learn of the dignity of other people. On Tuesday, the Class of 2021 was able to experience a refugee simulation where they were given a fake but realistic profile of a refugee in a refugee camp. From there, they traveled in “family” groups to try and find refuge and be able to leave the camp to go to another country. They also had a speaker who was born in a refugee camp but now lives in America. “It was very frustrating,” Sophomore, Ally Howard, said. And it is supposed to be. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, in 2018, there were approximately 3.1 million asylum seekers, but only 102,800 of them were resettled in other countries by June. That doesn’t even count the 25.4 million other refugees or the 40 million internally displaced people who had to flee their home country. Though frustrating, it also taught Howard to “never give up and that you can only do your best. Sometimes there’s just nothing more you can do.”
The Wednesday of Mission Week was much like any other Wednesday in the life of an Assumption sophomore. On Wednesday morning, the sophomores loaded their buses and went to their ACTS agency. Julia Renz goes to Heuser Hearing and Language Academy every Wednesday where she works with four, five, and six year old kids who all have hearing aids. She said that going to her ACTS agency was one of her favorite parts of Mission Week, along with Chef Jet Tila’s speech.
On Thursday, though, a lot of the girls’ agencies were closed because it was winter break for JCPS. Therefore, some of the sophomores had to stay at school instead of going to their agencies. Renz was one of these girls. All of the sophomores who did not go to ACTS took the opportunity to learn more about themselves through a “Finding Your Passions” test and a personality test much like the Myers-Briggs test. “I actually enjoyed Thursday more than I thought I would,” Renz said. “I think the test we took to find our passions was fun.”
Overall, all of the sophomores’ Mission Week was aimed to teach the sophomore class their value through the eyes of the world around them. Through personal relationships, potential danger, and community outreach, the sophomores strengthened the lessons they had learned during their freshmen Mission Week about personal worth. There is still much time for this sophomore class to build upon these lessons as they are only halfway done with their Assumption journeys, but now, they have a new set of experiences under their belt.