Spring 2018 Final Group Trip and Retreats
After the business of March, the Spring 2018 Rome class have enjoyed a more relaxed,
albeit nonetheless exciting, month of April. As finals come closer, class trips and
extracurricular events adjust to provide students a necessary break from their demanding
The first two weekends of the month were dedicated respectively to the Men’s and Women’s
Retreats, which allowed students a full weekend of silence, prayer, and rest. Those
who chose not to attend the retreats used the time to explore Rome, catch up on homework,
or take a quick trip out of the city.
Two Art and Architecture trips took place – to the Vatican Museums and the Borghese
Gallery. These outings provided ample free time for the students to peruse some of
Rome’s finest artwork at their own pace.
In contrast to the travel-heavy March, April saw instead a lot of campus activity.
The annual foosball and ping-pong tournaments took place, and an open mic coffee house
event and a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar – both student initiatives – were great successes.
No month of the Rome program is without travel, however. Students packed up and loaded
the buses for one more class trip – the Northern Italy trip. Being less structured
than the Greece trip, the Northern Italy trip to Venice and Florence allowed students
to choose various walking tours and site tours in each city, led by various professors
and staff members. With lots of free time, students could also enjoy the more “touristy”
aspects of the city, such as leather shopping in Florence or taking a gondola ride
With less than two weeks left in the semester, students are packing for their fourth
and final long weekend trips and are studying for final exams.