10 Things We Learned From the Jesuits

I identify myself with the Jesuits, their teachings and their way of life, so when I came across this list compiled by a fellow Georgetown Prep alum, I had to share.

The Society of Jesus, a.k.a. Jesuits, work in education, intellectual research, and cultural pursuits, there’s no surprise I would follow in their footsteps. Also, graduating from the only Jesuit boarding school in the country had somewhat of a sway in my upbringing. Well, I came across this article written by a fellow Prep alum, Mark Judge, and I think it perfectly embodies not only what I learned in my years at Prep, but also how I live my life.

1. Find God in all things – It’s as simple as that. This beautiful thought, like Mark states, is one of the best gifts we receive from the Jesuit teaching. It truly is.

2. Shake a man’s hand and look him in the eye – While shaking hands and while speaking to anyone, you should always look them in the eye. It’s common courtesy and good manners, something that is lacking today in the millennials.

3. Dress right – Man, if you saw how I dressed before I went into Georgetown Prep you would not even recognize me. I was never taught how to dress well, how to dress appropriately until my years at Prep. From the all-purpose boat shoes, to a classic blue blazer, I can thank Prep for my ageless sense of style.

4. Same-sex education works better – I’ve went to public school before Prep, and there is no doubt in my mind that same-sex education is the way to go. Fewer distractions during hormone-filled years, and like Mark put so well, “it’s also not a bad thing to have boys inculcated with the idea that women are strange, mysterious, and wonderful creatures.”

5. Have an extracurricular activity – I’ve played sport my whole life, so after school practice was a habit, but what I saw from the Jesuits was that it wasn’t just about school work and sports, there are so many other things to get involved in. From the school newspaper, to theater, our hours can be spent doing things we enjoy – creating and learning, and also sports.

6. It’s OK to have a good time – When I tell people I went to a Catholic boarding school, their first thought is of nuns slapping my hands with rulers whenever I spoke out of turn. That’s far from the truth. Discipline and respect are very important, of course, but we have to know how to enjoy our time here, not regret once we realize we reached our last breath.

7. Learn the art of conversation – Before my Jesuit education you wouldn’t get two sentences out of me without an “umm” or “err” in between thoughts. But because the Jesuits are masters of conversation, I was taught how to perfect the art of speech. Since then I have genuinely enjoyed college and job interviews for the chance to hold a conversation and sell myself with my words. It’s so much fun.

8. Be a “Man for others” – We all know how good it feels to help others and to give yourself, to be there for their needs. So, why not be a “man for others” at all times, it’s a great way to live.

9. Jesuit friendships last – I’m still fairly young and I’ve been involved in two of my best friend’s weddings, both Prep brothers. My closest friends to this day, seven years removed from high school, are from Prep, and talk to them almost daily. Even my screenwriting partner is my first boarding neighbor from Prep. Crazy, right?

10. Above all, mercy – None of us are perfect, so let’s forgive.

You can check out what Mark has to say about each point on the list HERE. Even though Mark doubles my age, we share very similar experiences in our Jesuit education. I hope you can take something away from this list. I became who I am today because of my years at Prep, and I truly doubt I would have been as educated, respectful, and successful as I am today if it wasn’t for the Jesuit education I received.

– Nahuel F.A.

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