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Vincent Athas

Vincent Athas

Shakespeare in Italy 2010

"UD's summer programs are great because they focus on literature and use literature to foster stimulating discussion. When I applied to Shakespeare in Italy. I thought it would be just a lot of Shakespeare. I would have been happy enough if it was but it turned out to be so much more. At the end of the two and half weeks I left Italy having learnt everything from art to history, philosophy to politics, all the ideas connected with the Eternal City. I will always remember the Roman Forum. I remember looking up and around the modern buildings of Rome from the valley in ancient ruins and realizing the importance of man's connection to his past. Plain and simple, the UD summer programs are great. You get experience of college level work and learn to write, argue and think critically more importantly you will have great and thought provoking conversations. Like the liberal arts are supposed to, study of the literature taught in the summer programs will make your mind free."

Emma Berry

Emma Berry

Shakespeare in Italy 2010

"My family and I thought it would be a great way to test whether UD was the college for me. You leave Shakespeare in Italy with a feel for the University's character. In a sense, you get to test drive college. My fondest memory would be eating gelato outside the Doge's Palace in Venice. The course was challenging and gave me a good feel for what would be expected of me at UD. The program helped me grow as a person by the friendships I made and the maturity that is required to travel around the world. You should definitely sign up! The program will give you an accurate view of UD's standards and overall feel, and you will make friends with others who might end up at UD. It is a worthwhile experience."

 

Clare Daly

Clare Daly

Shakespeare in Italy 2006

"I had never been out of the country before and UD's program really appealed to me because I would be able not just to see a new country but to make it my classroom. I knew I would come away from Shakespeare in Italy with special knowledge of Rome and Venice, having approached the cities from the unique angle of Shakespeare's plays set there. I really loved the Venice trip, from the free time to walk around Padua where our hotel was, to the gorgeous view of all of Venice from the top of the San Giorgio bell tower, to reading Shylock's big speech from Merchant of Venice in the actual Jewish ghetto where he would have lived. It might seem odd to have Shakespeare in Italy - to learn the history of ancient Rome in order to understand 16th century English literature, but we learned that the whole of the Western Tradition is essential to every discipline. I loved that we weren't taught the answers but rather were taught how to find them for ourselves, with all the great works of western tradition to back us up."  

Henry Lynch

Henry Lynch

Shakespeare in Italy 2010

"I wanted to get a feel for what college life would be like, get college credit, and of course get the fullest Italian experience. My fondest memory of the program is also the thing that made me grow intellectually and as a person. About a week in I was on campus sitting under an olive tree, reading Othello, when I thought to myself, "this past week is exactly how I want to live for the rest of my life, nothing is missing." That was the best moment of my entire life. In that moment, I became inflamed with a passion for learning, and until then, I had never really liked school. It wasn't just the classroom experience that awakened me, it was the discussions I had with the other students, it was the euphoric feeling of walking through Rome and understanding what I was looking at, it was the richness of the plays, it was the feeling of throwing myself into writing a good paper and wanting to do so for its own sake. The best advice I can give to someone interested in going is this: respect Shakespeare and what he has to offer. Shakespeare is perhaps the best English writer to ever live. His knowledge is at your finger tips and it is up to you to reach out and grab it."

 

Mary MacKenzie

Mary MacKenzie

Shakespeare in Italy 2008

"The comprehensiveness of Shakespeare in Italy was what intially attracted me to participate. I wanted a program with substance which the program definatley offered through our daily classes and small group discussions. What I felt was so unique about the program was that the academic aspect was so nicely balanced with outings into Rome and free time to relax on campus. My favorite memory from Shakespeare in Italy is the time I spent with my friends hanging out in the Pergola. We loved goofing around and blowing off steam there, but we would also help each other with our papers and other class assignments. I made friends with awesome people that I still keep in touch with and see reguarly."

Brennan Pecha

Brennan Pecha

Shakespeare in Italy 2006

"I was interested in two aspects of the Shakespeare in Italy program: first, getting a true taste of a college and second, traveling to one of the most interesting cities in the world. My favorite memory of the program was when we traveled to the Roman Forum and a student recited part of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Needless to say, we had quite a crowd gathered around us by the time we were done reciting! The Shakespeare in Italy program was one of the most exciting, memorable experiences of my entire life that I will never forget. I recommend it to any high school student who is interested in a fulfilling college experience and traveling to the beautiful country of Italy."

Luke Pecha

Luke Pecha

Shakespeare in Italy 2010

"I have a love of literature in general and had studied Latin for three years. This made Shakespeare in Italy ideal because I could see Rome while studying Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, and Othello. It is almost impossible to pinpoint my favorite part of the trip because the entire experience was supremely beautifully tremendous. However, one sticking point in my memory was walking through Venice on the last day we were there, drinking in the architecture of the island city, crossing bridges across canals at sunset. The program expanded my view of the world, as I had not been to Europe before. However, more importantly, it epitomized learning for me and has been an inspiration for further intellectual exploration of literature within the context of the world as a whole ever since."

 

Bridget Weisenburger

Bridget Weisenburger

Shakespeare in Italy 2010

"When I first heard about the Shakespeare in Italy program, I really wanted to go. The idea of reading scenes from Shakespeare in the locations where they took place really appealed to me. As an added bonus, I had the opportunity to see Italy while improving my writing and reading abilities with the help of actual UD professors. My favorite memory from Shakespeare in Italy is walking around Piazza Navona my last evening. I clearly remember grabbing a cone of gelato and meandering my way through the square as I listened to music of several street musicians. Sometimes I would stop to watch a group of break dancers or a puppeteer. As I looked around the square, I made up my mind that someday I would be back."

 

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