It was a tough decision for me. I have a pretty great set up here at GMC. My name is Ernest and I am currently Student Body President. I’ve been at GMC now for two and a half years. I first heard about the trip that my school is funding to Italy, as they do every two years, from a Professor, Steven Fesmire. He is one of my philosophy professors and the man leading the trip to Brunnenburg Castle. At first, I knew I had other commitments to attend to, I couldn’t possibly give up a semester for Italy.
Then, I had a conversation with one Gerry Fitzgerald, Executive Assistant to the Vice-President of academic affairs William Throop. She spoke of her experiences and choices in life, priorities and duties. She eventually, without her realizing, allowed me to take a chance. This chance proved to be Italy.
Guess What! I get to stay in a castle, on a vineyard, in Italy, studying philosophy. COME ON. Could you really ask for anything more? Yes: I’m going with some of my best friends Melina, Harrison, Lisa, Sarah, and more. I’ll be learning all about Italian food, culture, art, and philosophies. It truly is a dream.
It WAS a choice though. I have to give up a couple very important things to me in the states. The biggest thing is being Student Body President. I am staying on until February, but then have to relinquish control. There was a choice that had to be made, and I made it. I’ve given a lot of the college, and it’s given me even more. Going to Italy is an advancement in who I want to be as a person.
Plus, I’m staying in a castle, on a vineyard. Thank you, Green Mountain.