This week Christendom College opened registration for its ever-popular Experience Christendom Summer Program for students who will be entering their senior year of high school next fall. Four sessions of the one-week program will be held from June 15 – July 19, 2014.
The program gives students— who come from all across the US—a chance to discern whether an education at Christendom is in their future, quite often, aiding them in their understanding of the benefits of a liberal arts education, taught from a Catholic worldview, encompassed by a vibrant Catholic culture.
The cost to attend a session is only $500. Those interested in getting a further reduced rate may request financial assistance prior to registering. All sessions are expected to fill quickly, attracting about 45 students to each session.
“We already have 15 students registered,” Director of Admissions Tom McFadden says. “And I have no doubt this year’s sessions will fill up quickly—there simply is just no other program out there like it.”
McFadden says that, sometimes, up to half of the participants are hesitant about spending a week “in school” during the summer.
“But the vast majority of them—99%—end up being blown away by what they experienced during the program,” he says.
Students spend their mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes—Philosophy, English, History, and Theology—then, after Mass and lunch, students spend their afternoons and evenings enjoying a number of recreational and social events. Activities generally include: canoeing on the Shenandoah River, hike and cookout on Skyline Drive, swing and contra dancing, making s’mores over a bonfire, bowling, participating in a talent show, eating a steak dinner at the Admissions Director’s house, and attending an Irish barn dance at College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell’s house.
“These activities are absolutely amazing and show the participants that you can still have good old fashioned fun in a safe, moral, and Catholic environment,” McFadden says.
One of the highlights of the program is the opportunity the students have to meet other young Catholics like themselves who are trying to live good, Catholic, well-balanced lives. Through this program, they make friends for life, and learn more about all that Christendom has to offer. In fact, students continually say that they feel closer to their new friends whom they only knew for a week, than with their life-long friends from back home.
“There is no real way to explain it,” McFadden says. “You just need to experience it.”
Find out more and register at christendom.edu/experience.