Farewell & Some Parting Advice

Dear Priory Students & Parents,

As you know by now, my 12-year tenure at Priory is rapidly drawing to a close.  I am leaving my role here to join the staff of Saint Louis University as Director of the 1818 Advanced Credit Program.  In my role, I will not have the chance to interact with you, students, in the same way, and I am truly going to miss those times.

It only seems fitting then that I share some words of wisdom gleaned from the many student interactions that I have had over the last decade plus of working with Priory gentlemen.  Here is what I have to say to you:

  • Enjoy the moments!  High school is fleeting, and this time goes quickly.  Be sure to appreciate the times, both good and bad, that mark this period of seismic change in your life.
  • Work hard!  Yeah, yeah, I get it.  You are probably tired of hearing this one, but truly, I have never heard a Priory graduate express regret over the time he put in to earn a higher grade, drop time in his race, or develop understanding of critical subject matter.  Hard work always pays off.
  • Express your gratitude! My heart has been warmed by the many expressions of gratitude from the students and families I have worked with over the years.  I know that your teachers and even your parents will appreciate a simple "thanks" every once in a while.
  • Know you are loved! Priory is a special place, marked by the grace and stability of the monastic community.  The care that Priory has for you as you journey through your life is a wonderful gift; carry that knowledge in your heart always.

Mrs. Hostnik is your new Director of College Counseling, and I know that she will lead with her trademark grace. 

You are in good hands, please stay in touch!

Mrs. Collier