A Convent educated person means someone who has studied among a community of nuns or sisters, and who are devoted and have a religious bend towards life. Most of the convent schools are divided into two basic categories – Methodists and Catholics. Methodists are the one devout follower of Jesus Christ and they believe that faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. In contrast, Catholics are the ones who believe that men can be ordained and they firmly believe that the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ which is necessary for salvation.
Not delving further into the history of the origin of such schools, I would like to diversify towards some practices and behaviour which can provide an insight about the nature of a ‘Convent’ raised person. Most of these quirks are those which I have acquired over the years through experiences, considering the fact that I am a convent educated too. Below are some of the most notable illustrations:
- Morning Prayer in Church. Convent schools cannot think of starting a day without a short, about 15 minutes prayer in the Church. Usually the prayer consists of a student or a teacher reading a verse or gospels, followed by singing from the hymnal and then saying the prayer and then taking a pledge. Such schools have a strong fascination for church and every celebration starts from within a church.
- Nuns roaming on the campus. It is very normal for the students to see white-robbed nuns, with rosary beads either in their hands or wrapped around the neck, strolling on the campus. Usually they tend to be very strict, but at the same time they are the most helpful person on the earth.
- Wearing short skirts, preferably at or above the knee level. Any convent educated person feel very comfortable wearing such western culture dress because they have spent almost one-third of their life wearing such kind of dresses. So the norm is that most convent educated students have to wear such knee length skirts as per the rules mentioned in the diary, shoes should be polished without any signs of shabbiness.
- Extremely disciplined and punctual. Convent schools follow this idea of being present without any delay. In fact if you have any such friend and you ask them to meet at 6 PM, you will see them standing there, maybe at 5:59 PM. In fact, convent schools did not allow any student to leave the campus even during the lunch break and one more thing, it was mandatory for the students to bring their School Diary every day, otherwise they will be punished.
- Moral Science class. It was one of the most exciting classes because usually the teachers used to say some fantastic stories and then used to illustrate the moral of the story. And another perspective is that, it was a scoring class and also a break from the monotony of all the other heavy classes.
- School Fests. One very big attraction of convent schools is the mandatory organisation of fests and conclaves, both inter-school and intra-school. And it is fun because we get to meet the students of other schools which is a very big thing considering the nuns always used to be on us.
- Grammar Nazi. One word of advice – Do not ever mispronounce or say a grammatically incorrect statement. Convent educated person tends to be a very big Grammar Nazi throughout one’s life.
- Mandatory English. It’s very frightening for a student if he or she is being overheard of speaking in any language other than English, by any teacher or nun. Yes, it is mandatory for us to speak in English to survive a day in school.
- Music. A day in a Convent School is not complete without a musical lesson, of any form. Most important thing is the Christmas Carol, which usually comprised of musical carols and singing songs from our beloved hymn books.
So these are some, but not exhaustive lists of quirks which one can easily be observed in a Convent educated person. The thing is we are not weird, but we seem to have a different take and perspective on this world.