Summer Romers Visit Irving Campus en Route to Rome

High School Summer Romers Visit Irving Campus en Route to Rome

Shakespeare in Italy


High school summer Rome students made a stop at the Irving campus before becoming Romers this summer. Program participants kicked off Shakespeare in Italy and Latin in Rome with a day in Texas touring the campus, meeting faculty, chatting with admission counselors in the Cap Bar and viewing and discussing the movie Julius Caesar. They flew to Rome Thursday, July 9.

It's incredible and gives you a real feel for UD. I thought it was beautiful, said Shakespeare in Italy student Megan Mickley of the Irving campus.

The Irving visit was added to the high school summer Rome program itinerary for the first time this year. Additionally, students who participate in a UD high school program in Rome and then enroll at UD as undergraduates will be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per academic year).

After arriving in Rome, Latin in Rome students headed out on a hike to see the remains of one of Cicero's villas in Tusculum while Shakespeare in Italy students enjoyed a game of chess on the Rome campus after settling into their rooms. Both programs then headed out to visit Castel Gandolfo to see the pope's summer residence and enjoy their first taste of Italian gelato.

Its not all site seeing for the rising high school juniors, seniors and college freshmen, however. To earn college credit for participating in these programs, Shakespeare in Italy students read, discuss and write about Shakespeare's plays, while Latin in Rome students translate the works of Roman authors who wrote in or about the sites they visit.

"The classes have challenged me to become clearer with my ideas. I come from a school where we have seminars, and I've been with the same students for three years. We all know the kinds of questions everyone will ask. Here, I have to ask a question and explain how I got there. The faculty has been amazing," said Mickley.

To learn more about UD's summer programs for high school students (in both Rome and Irving), visit

PHOTO: Shakespeare in Italy students visit the Roman Forum.


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