Summer Experiences Shape Students
For most, getting away fromhome seems to be imperative,which is why most feel it neces-sary to go to school in a pseudo- Narnia environment (it’s alwayswinter but never Christmas inHillsdale, MI). This may be whymost jump for joy at the chanceto return home for the summer months, where they can re-co-operate from the harsh academ-ic months in their bed or by the pool side. Others, unable to en- joy such luxury due to a hatredof boredom or sufﬁcient lack of funds, get jobs to ﬁll the hoursand their bank accounts. Oth-ers, however, enjoy the road lesstaken: unpaid activities that ac-tually leave them with less pe-cuniary funds than before, butopen up worlds of opportunityand experience for them.Trevor Shunk ‘10 is one of thosesuch people. As a Health PolicyStudies intern at the HeritageFoundation this past summer,Shunk has been ableto get aninside look of the “nutsand boltsof modern politics.”He metmany inﬂu-ential pub-lic ﬁgures,had exclu-sive toursin the WhiteHouse, Pen-tagon, Cap-itol build-ing, andMt. Vernon,and was in-volved inlectures, aconservative book club, and a“rigorous op-ed writing classtaught by one of the top editorsin the country.” For Shunk, theinternship was life-changing,and has made him eager to re-turn to campus. He reported that“our professors are very highly-respected in D.C.” and that “theexperience has given me an evendeeper appreciation for the lib-eral arts education that Hillsdale provides.”Cara Burke ‘10 took summer courses thissummer, butnot to fulﬁllclass require-ments for thecollege at a lo-cal universityin her area,as many HCstudents do.Rather, she partook in theOxford StudyAbroad Pro-gram, whichshe heardabout throughDr. Calvert.She decided tospend 8 weeksin the UK because “at HillsdaleI learned about studying for itsown sake, and decided to applyit to the summer as well as theschool term.” Shehad an excellentexperience, andenjoyed havingclose relation-ships with her tutors. “Personalrelationshipshelps you learnmore, and to re-spect your teach-ers,” said Burke.She hope to beable to study inOxford again,and considers theexperience “deﬁ-nitely worth do-ing.” Her chief advice for thoseconsidering the program is to“work hard anddon’t be shy.”After working for most of thesummer at home, Spiotta decid-ed to take two weeks off to go ona mission trip to Honduras withthe Missioners of Christ. Sheheard about the trip through Ka-tie O’Donnell ‘09, former presi-
photo courtsey of Burke
Cara Burke enjoying the beautifulsights of Oxford.
dent of Catholic Society, andsigned up thinking she would beimproving her Spanish skills aswell as her spirituality, but littledid she know the impact the tripwould have on her life. She wentin with a self-sufﬁcient mindset,the kind that starts each sentencewith “I” instead of relying solelyon Christ’s strength. Spiotta andthe other college students on thetrip stayed at Casa Guadaloupewith the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal a few days prior tothe mission, but for the actualmission, they lived with fami-lies deep in the mountains. Her group stayed in Majadas, AguaBlanca, where she interactedwith people “who endure somuch suffering on a day-to-day basis, who have so little to offer and yet willingly give more thanthey can afford, whose lives arean unending cycle of uncertain-ty, hardship, and pain, yet theyhave the strongest faith I haveever seen.” The experience wasextremely rewarding for Spi-otta personally, but she believesone does not have to go on amission trip to experience it.“Christ is knocking on the door of your heart anywhere and ev-erywhere,” said Spiotta, “wait-ing for you to let him in.” KatieO’Donnell ‘09, Jaimie Conley‘11, and Anne Morath ‘12 joinedSpiotta in Honduras.
photo by Katie O’Donnell
Two weeks in Honduras not only allowed Julia Spiottato brush up on her Spanish, but helped her to makesome amazing memories as well.
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