Find Your Calling: Oluwamayowa Sikiru is discovering her fullest potential at Hill-Murray and beyond

At Hill-Murray, we strive to help our students find their calling, whatever it may be. From daily classes, athletics, clubs, and programs to other student-led initiatives, our students are discovering their paths each day. Through our new campaign called Find Your Calling, we get to know our Pioneers and discover what inspires them. 

Oluwamayowa Sikiru, Grade 12

What subjects are you most interested in? 

Peer Ministry, Personal Ethics & Justice, Health, Well-Being, & Stress Management

Does Hill-Murray help you explore those interests?

Throughout my four years, Hill-Murray has assisted me to develop passions of advocacy and acknowledging the importance of personal growth. The school offers many extracurriculars and classes to pursue any interests in and outside the academic environment.

Are you involved in any athletics or extracurricular activities? What do you enjoy about these opportunities?

With an education, it is important to recognize the value of humanity and to solidify awareness of the constantly changing world. Acknowledging various cultures and becoming more exposed to the distinct environments will build a foundation of respect and appreciation for people. Unfortunately, Hill-Murray doesn’t provide a diverse environment. With this major set back, I have become resilient and discovered alternatives for me to create an open perspective for me to grow. Peer Ministry has been a main factor of my growth. Participating in ministry has assisted me to develop a strong base in faith to serve in the various components. I have gained the willingness to serve, lead, and support my peers, which created a deeper relationship with God. My Catholic identity became stronger and I obtained a clearer understanding of my place of importance within the community. In addition, I grew a heart for service, improved my prayer life, and became an active voice in peer ministry. When actively participating in basketball at Hill-Murray, it has widened my eyes. As an athlete, I have obtained a fixed mindset when it comes to practices, games, and meets. But after the months of quarantine and lockdown in 2020, I have realized something crucial. Although sports creates an environment where all can unite, there are still flaws implemented in athletics. The seasons of basketball after the lockdown in 2020, I was exposed to multiple teams in our conference trying to unite against racism in the Twin Cities. It seems that schools do want to promote change and bring the sports community to feel safe and have a sense of comfort. With this experience, it allowed me to slowly increase into a growth mindset as an athlete. Divisions are only formed when a person isn’t aware or educated on a situation, which leads to multiple misunderstandings. Educating and communicating will lead to a better understanding. Not only I became a better teammate, but I became a better human being when I comprehended there is more to life than basketball.

Finally, what does finding your calling mean to you? 

Finding your calling is truly on how you grow as a human. Personal growth has great importance due to experience and the ongoing process of developing one’s self to excel one’s fullest potential. It obtains a profound understanding of each single aspect of life. Hill-Murray leads me to achieve the highest version of myself with the numerous tools they provide. Because of this school, I have grown to become resilient when adversity is encountered.