Magdalen College recently wrapped up an engaging two weeks of our Collegiate Summer Program: Session II. Arriving on campus just days in the wake of Session I, an energetic group of high schoolers ascended our mountain campus to experience all aspects of Magdalen collegiate life. Between the two sessions, participants hailed from all over the US, travelling from California, Texas, Indiana, New York, and beyond.
In the summer program, our faculty teach classes in philosophy, literature, theology, politics, and sacred music. They also lead workshops on Shakespeare and on the meaning of education. Participants live in our dormitories throughout their stay and enjoy numerous student life activities. Exit surveys confirm that the students especially enjoyed hiking Mount Kearsarge, swing dancing, playing sports in the gym, and mingling with new friends in the Saint John Bosco Student Lounge.
Summer students also took part in daily spiritual practices, including Mass, Lauds, Compline, the recitation of the Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration. We are thrilled that 100% of survey respondents reported that the Collegiate Summer Program deepened their appreciation of the Church’s liturgy and traditions while helping them grow in their faith.
One student reflecting upon her experience remarked, “I really enjoyed the combination of ‘work and play.’ I loved that there was enough time to study, but also enough time to relax or complete an activity. I also enjoyed making new friends!” Another student commented, “I made so many close friends because the group was small. I also learned so much in philosophy and all my other classes.”