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 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.