17 True Experiences Only A Convent School Going Student Will Understand

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All my life, I was studying in a convent school and  I think school life was the best phase of my life. No matter to which religion you belong to, “Our Father in Heaven” will be the prayer you recite every now and then. Participating in mass is not less than any other regular schedule.

Back in school, it was not less than a feeling of home. For all those who studied in an all-boys/girls catholic school, one everlasting memory from those days is the dilemma faced by many of us. The different mannerisms and traditions that we had to face at our home and school seems unreal now, but back in the day, it was one tough balancing act.

Let us look at some of those bizarre happenings that will transport you back in time. #getting nostalgic :)

1) The Almighty Prayer recited after every other thing

From the first thing done at the ring of the school bell till after the last bell rang, before every meal and after eating every meal, the Almighty Prayer had to be said. As days pass by, you would recite this prayer even when the teacher did not ask you to do so.


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2) The compulsory English Speaking

Though this activity may have improved your English skills, but the habit was hard to let go where it wasn’t required. You go out on shopping to commercial markets, and start conversation with the street vendor in English. Later you realize that you are no more in a convent campus and you are permitted to speak other languages.


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3) Having to pay a fine for the smallest of reasons

Irrespective of the offense, the fine had to be paid. Be it for not speaking in English, irregularities in the home work,unkempt school uniforms or if you are late to school, there was a fine for just about everything.


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4) Celebration of Good Friday and Christmas

The mass festive period celebrated in convent schools had nothing to do with the majority of the students. While Diwali and Holi were mere holidays, an elaborate celebration and prayer process had to be followed in the school premises for Christmas and Good Friday. Those days were filled with loads of fun.


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5) Having to sell raffle tickets every year for the school fete

For some it was the most savage period of their young lives, having to sell tickets which no one wanted to buy. Atleast for me, where everyone around you were targeting the same audience to sell it.

Eventually many indigenous ways were discovered to sell the tickets but the most popular one was to make your own parents and relatives but the whole lot of them.


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6) Your skirt is still shorter than is strictly professional, and those strict uniform lengths drove you crazy! 

You always wanted to look pretty in school uniform and as you went up on grades, so did the skirt length. It went high on your knees making you out-stand from others in school.


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7) Compulsory Moral Science Classes

Though this was not a bad thing in any way, but basing moral education solely on the doctrine of one religion did leave one feeling deficiencies in one’s own faith and its teachings.

Moral science in a convent school was actually more important class period than the normal science class.


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8) You are allergic to Grammar Mistakes

You are more strict when it comes to incorrect grammar and pronunciation, and some of your friends hate you for that. But you cannot take it. You will easily figure out the difference between, knowing your shit and knowing you’re shit.

After all, you went through all of that yourself with the school sisters/teachers.


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9)Exploring the buildings where sisters and trainees used to live was super exciting

When time permitted, you would take your friends just to check out if you can trace out atleast a little bit of their actual lifestyle, of how sisters/fathers stay back at home, what clothes do they wear. Filled in with curiosity to know all these things.


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10) You still remember and hum some of  your school hymns and Christmas carols

We shall overcome….we shall overcome….we shall overcome some day….oh deep in my heart I do believe, we shall overcome someday!!!


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11) Cursive is the only form of handwriting everyone must have

You must have spent so many days trying to complete the cursive handwriting book. I remember most of the pages of my book were completed by my mom and she faked it as if it were written by a child.


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12)You used to modify the school pledge “All Indians are my brothers and sisters…”

All Indians are my brothers and sisters with some exceptions 😛


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13) Dreaming to Become a Nun

At some point in your life, you considered becoming a nun and devoting your life to God. You also wore pillow cases on your head pretending you were mother superior. I know I did. I still remember the slap I got.


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14) And you tried to peep under Sister’s head-scarf to check out her hairstyle


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15) You still call your teacher Miss/Sir if you run into them on the street


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16)You find yourself working in a profession dominated by women 

It’s not planned but somehow you always find yourself in an office dominated by women and you feel more comfortable there. You wonder why and realize it’s because deep down we all miss being at school… right?


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17) Lasting Habits Since School

Even after all these years, you still can’t forget those manners that were drilled into you, and despite being fun as hell, you can’t forget to be all prim and proper.


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The morals you learnt at school have somehow stuck with you through all these years!


Thank you to all my teachers/sisters and my dear friends. No doubt that school life was one of the best phases in life!!

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