“Confident, independent, thinking leaders” is a term heard a multitude of times every day throughout the halls of Marian. Some hear it and think of the way Marian teaches its students, but I for one hear it and am reminded of the restrictions the school has dealt me. The restriction that really grinds my gears is the rule that stops me from having an extra hole in my nose. That’s right, I’m talking nose piercings.
When I ask teachers why nose piercings are not allowed, they utter things such as “it’s a distraction to the learning environment” or “it’s always been a rule,” these are two reasons that I will not accept without a fight.
First off, how is someone having a tiny stud in her nose prohibiting others from learning? Thousands of schools across America allow nose piercings with no problem. Why are there assumptions that Marian students are any less capable of striving with classmates who have nose piercings? Almost all colleges and universities allow students to have nose piercings. So if we don’t learn now how to ignore a colleague’s body jewelry and stay focused in class now, when will we ever?
Nose piercings are a form of expression that an individual chooses to have to show their independence and to gain confidence in their appearance. Now I don’t know about you, but last time I checked “confident” and “independent” are two attributes that Marian empowers. How am I supposed to be independent if I am not even allowed to decide what I want to do with my body?
If I choose to have a piercing in my nose, it should be up to me and nobody else.
The fact that I am not allowed to practice my independence because my school prohibits it baffles me.
Students pay a good amount of money for tuition in order to get the education Marian offers. But students are also unknowingly paying to not be able to express themselves in whatever form they want.
Despite knowing of these ridiculous restrictions, I made the executive decision to get a nose piercing for my 17th birthday.
It was just a week before school began when my father reluctently took me to a tatto parlor to make my birthday wish come true.
A needle through my nose and $20 later, I descended out of the building a new girl. A girl who did not let rules stop her from doing what she a wanted.
Well, until a teacher questioned me about the bandaid on my nose and threatened to send me to the Dean of Discipline if I didn’t let the piercing close.
Personally, my short-lived nose piercing excited me and made me want to show off my face, which was a part of me I’d rather hide. It made me feel confident and more proud to be who I am.
As a teenage girl, it can be hard to feel anything but insecure, and my nose piercing helped me do just that.
If other Catholic high schools such as Skutt and Mercy allow their students to have piercings, why is Marian so against it? Why is the very establishment that shoves the saying “Confident, independent, thinking leader” down its students’ throats discouraging them from making their own decisions?
I, for one, am not accepting this restriction sitting down. I will continue to attempt to have a nose piercing because it is something I desire. Even if I continue to get busted, I will not give up, just like the confident, independent, thinking leader I am.