Morristown, N.J. (September 30, 2013) – "Ciao." For those who travelled abroad with College of Saint Elizabeth this past summer, it symbolizes the beginning and end of their journey. Or, to the non-Italiano's – hello and good bye.
While participants are back on campus, the lessons learned and friendships made on the trip to southern Italy and Greece from July 3 to 18, 2013 remain. "I fell in love with the countries because I learned so much about them and had the opportunity to admire their natural beauty," said Alexandra Rojas, '15, who is a double major in Spanish and English. "I wish I could go back in time and experience the trip all over again."
"Students just soak up the culture," said Dr. Margaret Roman, professor and director of the honors program who organized the Italy trip with Dr. Kathleen Hunter, professor and area chair for culture and humanities. "Students try new things, new food, the language and I think that is the whole point of travel." The trip was open to students as well as alumnae, faculty, staff and friends. Cities visited include Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, Calabria, the Amalfi Coast and Matera in Italy and Delphi, Athens, and the island of Paros in Greece.
"I was very moved to be at those ancient places where so many pilgrims had traveled before me," concluded Roman. "I got a real sense of being part of a stream of people who were on a spiritual quest." That's the feeling she can impart to her students in future classes.
Over recent years, CSE students have also traveled to places including the Dominican Republic, Paris, Hiroshima, England, Ireland and Scotland, and northern Italy. Some trips fulfill educational course requirements; others are taken just for pleasure.
Plans for a spring 2014 travel abroad opportunity have just been announced – to London and Southwest England from May 23 to June 1, 2014. On this trip, participants will focus on food, including sustainability and globalization. They will learn from producers about growing, rearing, sourcing and making meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and cheese and may obtain course credit in the Foods and Nutrition program, if desired. There will also be free time to explore London and sights of interest such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
Another trip is in the planning stages for 2015, which will focus on Austria, Germany, and Switzerland!
For more details, visit www.cse.edu/alpinejourney.