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Spring 2020 Students Enjoy Redesigned Orientation Program

Spring 2020 Students Enjoy Redesigned Orientation Program

At the start of the 2019-20 academic year, with a new Student Life team on board at the JFRC, new student orientation was redesigned in an effort to help students get to know both the Eternal City and some of the lesser-frequented destinations nearby.

This semester's Spring 2020 orientation began with a few on-campus days getting to know the JFRC's facilities, staff, faculty, and fellow students; attending useful presentations on different topics such as academics, health and wellness, and safety; and exploring the JFRC's neighborhood Balduina as a group.

Students then spent one of the orientation days visiting the Castelli Romani region. Students were divided into four groups. Each group visited two of the following destinations: Frascati, Ariccia, Castel Gandolfo, and Albano Laziale. The two groups who visited Ariccia attended a porchetta tasting at a local tavern renowned for the delicious local specialty. The two groups that visited Frascati, on the other hand, got a vineyard tour and wine tasting. All of the groups received guided tours of the villages they visited. Among the sites they saw were the Papal Gardens in Castel Gandolfo and Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia.

The next day, each group of students got the opportunity to see a different area of Rome. Some got to know the expansive and beautiful Villa Borghese; others explored the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and the ancient Appian Way; another group visited Trastevere and the frescos of Raphael in Villa Farnesina; and yet another group toured the archeological ruins at Ostia Antica.