By Ella Fordyce, Class of 2019
Spring semester is now over; idyllic days of summer stretch ahead. Students returning to Thomas More College of Liberal Arts plan to fill every one of those days before the next semester begins. During the summer vacation, students will relax with friends and share the things they have learned with their families. Most will work jobs of some sort; others will travel and gain new experiences.
Miss Anna Kate Moore, Class of 2019, will spend a portion of her summer in Lyon, France. She is participating in a French immersion program, where she will live with a host family and take a five week course of French classes. Mr. Ryan Fagan, also Class of 2019, will go to Quantico, Virginia for ten weeks of Officer Candidate School. This training, preparatory to becoming an officer in the United States Marine Corps, will include classes on weapons handling, topography, physical fitness courses, and leadership exercises.
Miss Eva Solak, Class of 2021, is working an internship through The Fund for American Studies. After an educational course covering American political thought and economics, Miss Solak will work with Americans United for Life, an organization that composes pro-life legislation for Congress. As part of her job, Miss Solak will first work at a women’s conference in Washington D.C., then work on researching and profiling Supreme Court candidates. Other students in the past have also worked internships in D.C., including one of the recent graduates, Miss Sandra Kirby ’18.
A number of students, including Miss Evangeline Soutsos and Mr. John Thompson, both Class of 2019, have been accepted into the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program. The program hosts a week-long educational conference; this year, the topic is “Why Liberalism Failed.” The students will attend lectures and discussions on this topic and meet other ISI scholars from around the country. Mr. Thompson will be going to the conference in Denver, Colorado, while Miss Soutsos will attend the one in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Next semester, the new seniors will begin work on their senior theses and the new juniors on their junior projects, while the new sophomores will anticipate their upcoming Rome semester. But before the adventures of a new academic year begin, there are many months of summer for TMC students to enjoy. They will, of course, spend many of these summer days in rest and relaxation. Since, however, TMC students recognize that education is life-long, they will also spend their summer in various intellectual engagements. The pursuit of truth continues long after classes have finished.