When I entered the gates of JSerra as a 14-year-old freshman, my concept of what my future held was like an expensive, abstract painting: confusing and kind of a mess with way too much going on, but hopefully pretty cool once you figured it out. When I walked out of our graduation ceremony four years later, it was like the same exact painting, but this time I was looking at it through the eyes of someone who had just spent four years studying art. It still looked like kind of a mess, and for all I knew it could mean something completely different than what I thought in that moment, but now I had the tools to analyze it and come up with my own interpretation of what it represented.
At JSerra, I saw leadership, work ethic, compassion, discipline, selflessness and teamwork in all their beautiful shades walking around the classrooms, the Bistro, the Counseling Department, the Pavilion, and even (read: especially) the Dean's Office.
Through my Broadcast Journalism classes and The Lion Report, I discovered that a huge part of my painting had to do with broadcasting. In my Language and Literature courses, passion for storytelling was ignited. On the field, I realized that my love of sports could trump any physical obstacle that presented itself.
JAt JSerra, I saw leadership, work ethic, compassion, discipline, selflessness and teamwork in all their beautiful shades walking around the classrooms, the Bistro, the Counseling Department . . .
But most importantly, I learned about the master artist behind my painting. I learned that each and every seemingly random brush stroke has purpose, is premeditated and contributes beauty, regardless of how perplexing it is to the untrained eye. I learned that He, and He alone knows the true meaning of His artwork and it is in His time that the meaning will be revealed.
I am currently studying at the University of Georgia in Athens and look forward to using my toolkit when I enter the Grady School of Journalism in the fall with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting.
I will be spending February 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, exploring the life of our American athletes and sharing their stories with the world.
- Cat Hendrick '16