Arete I 2008
"I'd always had a classical curriculum growing up, so when I heard about the program, it seemed nearly too good to be true. A classically-based, classically-oriented program in which you read ancient authors like Herodotus alongside of fantastic modern writers like Flannery O'Connor for two weeks just outside downtown Dallas with students my own age interested in likely similar things. There was no way I would let a chance as this slip by! Every time a lecture started, every time a grad-student leader would discuss our papers, every time we, as students, would talk about the lectures outside of class, I would get a feeling of academic enlightenment that I had never had before in any setting. I felt that, if I were to attend a college where every academic experience emulated the ones I had at Arete, I would truly find my calling in the world."
Arete I 2009"I first heard about the Arete program from my high school guidance counselor. She felt that attending the Arete program would give me an excellent chance to experience a liberal arts program with other students who were like minded. The Arete program had an electrifying environment. Everyone who attended had the desire to grow and to stretch their understanding from the cave-like dimness of high school learning to a first glimpse of the forms to be offered us in college life. We came to respect the classroom, not because we were told to, but because it was a sacred place for learning. Through studying the concepts of heroism presented to us through the course, we rose to high standards of learning of our own will. The Arete program really was one of the most formative experiences of my intellectual career thus far. My advice for anyone who is already planning to attend is simply to go into the program with an open mind and an encouraging spirit. I wish them the best of luck in reaching their own "aha!" moment."
Arete I 2010
"I wanted to see what college life was like at UD and Arete was the perfect opportunity to do just that. Through interesting lectures, engaging group seminars, and exciting excursions, I fell in love with the curriculum and decided that this is definitely the place where I belong. Besides meeting some incredible people who are still my good friends, I really enjoyed the trips to Fort Worth and Dallas. I am new to Texas and it only made me appreciate the state even more."
Arete I 2010
"My favorite memory from Arete in Irving was meeting some amazing people and getting to spend two wonderful weeks with them. At first, I was worried that the people wouldn't be like me or that I would struggle to make friends, but everyone was very friendly and personable. Arete turned out to be two of the best weeks of my life. At Arete I learned that many times you can believe, after gaining some knowledge, that you have all the answers. But, after Arete, I escaped that cave of ignorance and I realized that a "UD education" would bring me closer to the truth that I was seeking better than an education from the other universities that I was looking at. The Arete program was a wonderful experience that words cannot describe. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in attending UD, or just looking to expand their reading and writing skills. Arete will not only change your perception in the classroom but also in the real world."
Arete I 2009 and Arete II 2011
"I found Arete enthralling. I grew interested in the program when I was told about all the reading and writing we were going to be undertaking. I had never read any of the books they offered except Oedipus Rex, and that was a joy to read again. The chance to be able to read those works by myself and then the chance to have the light cast on them by guest professors was exciting. The professors brought a whole new life to the works I had not found in them (or even dreamed there were). We had two weekend "excursions" if you will into Fort Worth and Downtown Dallas. We were taken to the Dallas Museum of Art and Shakespeare in the Park. The art in itself is immutable and its themes are eternal and universal, a fit comparison, a proper companion to those works of literature we read during the course of the program. I came to the university not only to be molded but to grow, to learn how to think, how to write, how to read, how to believe. Such a close knit campus, founded on such dynamic and everlasting principles, with the Catholic identity and record of excellence, could be the only choice for me. I found the people so friendly, the professors so intelligent and willing to help."