The most-popular, well-attended, and highly ranked pre-college summer program of its kind is set to begin in June when Christendom College’s “Experience Christendom Summer Program” launches the first of its six one-week sessions this summer. With approximately 48 students in each session, the admissions office expects to have 288 participating rising high school seniors on its campus this summer, giving them an amazing opportunity to discover more about Christendom’s unique educational and cultural offerings. While on campus, the students will be led by eight counselors – all of whom are current Christendom students.
“Christendom is a place you can’t just read about — you have to experience it for yourself. We have a phenomenal group of counselors who will welcome and guide our visitors through their week-long adventure, and help them discern if Christendom is the right choice for their college careers,” says director of admissions Sam Phillips who will oversee all six sessions.
Junior Peter Tapsak is the head counselor for this year’s program. Hailing from Northeastern Pennsylvania, Peter transferred to Christendom after being disappointed with the quality of his classes at a state school. He realized that he wanted “to pursue truth, beauty, and goodness at a small, Catholic liberal arts institution — specifically and exclusively Christendom College.” As a student, Peter is actively involved on campus, working as a resident assistant, as a member of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society, writing for the student magazine The Rambler, and playing intramural sports.
Junior Hannah Gordon is returning for her second year as a counselor. A philosophy major with a minor in history, Hannah believes that “both of these departments have such strong, interesting teachers,” who will help her progress in her intellectual life after having “learned so much already just from the core curriculum.” A member of the student activities council (SAC), Hannah is also an active member of the pro-life Shield of Roses group, and a member of the varsity softball team.
Joe McMahon recently transferred to Christendom after attending a Catholic university in southwest Florida for two years. After finding the school lacking academically and spiritually, Joe came to Christendom, and has found that “the faculty and staff have been amazing” in his short time here. Joe is a member of the college’s varsity rugby and basketball teams, and participates in pro-life work with Shield of Roses and works for the college’s operations events office.
Returning as a counselor for her second year, Elisabeth Willson is a senior majoring in classics. Elisabeth recently returned to campus after a semester abroad on Christendom’s Rome program, which she called a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” In addition to playing on Christendom’s varsity basketball team and singing in the choir, Elisabeth is also a resident assistant.
Daniel Snyman is a sophomore, and is joining the counselor team for the first time this year. Hailing from a military family, Daniel has lived across the United States, and was home-schooled until going to St. Gregory’s Academy for high school, where he developed a love for rugby. Continuing to play the sport at Christendom on the varsity level, Daniel also participates in intramural sports at the college, and is a member of Shield of Roses.
Sophomore Sylvia Messing is a veteran of the summer program, having attended it in 2013 and finding the experience “life changing.” A native of Michigan, Sylvia avidly plays intramural sports on campus, takes advantage of Christendom’s beautiful location in the Shenandoah Valley, and frequently attends “Swing n’ Sundaes” — Christendom’s weekly swing dancing club.
Mark Mergner is a sophomore as well, joining the summer program for the first time this summer. Known for his energy and giving spirit, Mark volunteers for events around campus, taking part in construction and all forms of craftsmanship. Hailing from Maryland, Mark keeps busy with studies and intramurals, but frequently makes time for anyone needing help on campus.
Joining the counselor team as well this year, Danielle Corcoran is a rising sophomore and a native of Northern Illinois. Incredibly active in the community, Danielle is a member of the varsity volleyball, basketball, and soon-to-be cross country teams on campus, as well as helping run events with SAC. When she’s not working at Crusader Gymnasium, Danielle also stays involved with Shield of Roses, and believes that it is never hard to find something to do at Christendom.
The highly acclaimed Experience Christendom Summer Program, designed for rising high school seniors, offers participants an unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and amazingly fun experience, all for the incredibly low cost of $500. Spots for this year’s sessions are filling up, so all interested students are encouraged to register soon.