All of the “pilgrims.” There were forty-three faculty, staff, and students representing eleven Dominican institutions.
On Memorial Day, I, along with A.J. LaPoint, assistant director of campus ministry, and two students, Stephanie Rivera and Ilci Valarde, flew to Fanjeaux, France to study medieval France, Saint Dominic de Guzman, and the Dominican order. Upon arrival we met the other members of our pilgrimage group, thirty-nine faculty, staff, and students from ten other Dominican institutions. Over the next two and a half weeks we discussed the Dominican charism and how it forms the shared foundation of the missions of Dominican colleges and universities.
Hello loyal readers,
The past two weeks have been relatively hectic, but I am finally done with my first set of term assignments. I have also started constructing my final papers which are due at the end of term today. What have I been up to you might ask? Besides editing and revising my assignments, I have been embarking on a few exciting adventures.
I recently took a tour of the Chelsea Football Club, and no, this is not American Football. I got to go out near the pitch and learn about how football began. Although I am not an avid fan, it was an amazing experience to see a stadium of such magnitude in London.
Mount student Jillian Torre is currently studying abroad in London, England for the spring 2013 semester.
One of my favorite things about living in London is its proximity to everywhere else in Europe. Where else in the world are there so many different cultures, all with their own unique history, sandwiched into such a small geographical space? I came here fully intent on seeing as many of the world’s greatest cities as possible, and blowing every last cent in the process. I quickly booked trips to Italy, Scotland, Paris, Greece, and Ireland. I didn’t expect the start of my travels to come so quickly, but sure enough, Venice has come and gone.
During Spring Break 2012, my family and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to our nation’s capital city, Washington D.C. Packing late the night before departure has become a vacation tradition. Shirts, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, boxers, socks, hats, toothbrush, pillow, etc. all made it to the “don’t forget” list; however, I also brought a gift that I had received just weeks before at MSMC’s New Student Day. The gift represents a part of who I am, my MSMC Knight.
When you think about a typical college student’s spring break, what do you think of? Do you think of a giant party some place warm, often categorized by events and activities you would never write home about? In many cases, this is the spring break that a lot of us embark on to escape the pressures of school.
Only the first half of the above statement was true for the Mount Saint Mary College men’s tennis team. For the individuals on Coach Justin Satkowski’s team, spring break meant something else. Spring break meant blood, sweat, and determination for the Cinderella team from last year. Of course, the team was there to have fun, but ultimately, it was to tone up their skills for the upcoming season so they may once again reach the Skyline Finals, and ultimately prevail where they failed last year.