Lisa and Jacqueline

The “Ang” (Angelicum)

My School … In Rome
Every time I walk past the statue of St. Thomas Aquinas at the Angelicum (the
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas), I think about the St. Thomas campus back
in St. Paul. It’s like I can’t escape the guy! But it does remind me of how soon I will be
back on my home campus and how blessed I am to be able to study, just for a
semester, at this university. Because it is a Pontifical University, half of the students
are religious, priests, and seminarians. We have classes taught by some pretty cool
Dominican priests, including Mother Teresa’s spiritual director (not that that’s a big
deal or anything). Plus, the Ang campus is just beautiful.
 
The classrooms open up to a courtyard in the middle with clementine trees and an old, broken fountain

The classrooms open up to a courtyard in the middle with clementine trees and an old,
broken fountain.

 We have really cool hallways (often complete with sisters walking through).


We have really cool hallways (often complete with sisters walking through).

And we have staircases next to beautiful large windows.

And we have staircases next to beautiful large windows.

We have a pretty great classroom for Dr. Junker’s class (with more large beautiful  windows.)

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      The Ang gardens are one of my favorite places on campus. There are about a dozen
lemon trees, which come in handy if you happen to need a lemon to make scones.
Some in our group even eat the lemons straight. The benches in the garden are a
great place to eat lunch between classes, or work on some reading. It’s just like being
on the quad back on the home campus – except it’s in the heart of Rome, a few
minutes’ walk from the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the Trevi fountain. All in all,
it is a great place to learn and grow, and if you are a student considering coming to
Rome – do it.
 
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