Preparation and respect are two key requirements of participating in a study tours. Good preparation involves staying up-to-date-with our itinerary, checking email/our blog at least twice per day for important messages, and knowing the requirements and due dates for assignments.
Preparation also involves being ready for conditions in the field. You should always have the following with you on excursions from St. John's:
- St. John's ID card and room key
- Skidmore ID (for entrance to some sites)
- weekly bus pass
- Blue Guide
- Streetwise Rome Map
- DigiWave equipment and earbuds/headphones
- notebook and writing utensils
- site-report handouts booklet
- sunscreen or a hat or both
Furthermore, if a church is listed on our itinerary, be sure to have appropriate dress at the ready: no bare knees or bare shoulders.
Respect involves attending all excursions, partaking in conversations and writing exercises, and paying attention to speakers (instructors, guests or peers). It will be extremely important to gather at the specified times. If you are late, we might have no choice but to leave you behind.
Students must also bear in mind the welfare of the group and make responsible decisions before, during, and after our scheduled activities. The code of conduct is in effect at all times. The Golden Rule: DO NOTHING TO DIMINISH THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERS.
Writing assignments (40%)
After spending a semester mostly reading about Rome, it is now time for students to write about the Eternal City.
Students will complete regular writing assignments like the ones in Reading Rome. The bases for the assignments will be the excursions that make up the study tour, including the four solo excursions that students must make during our residency in Rome.
Rome has long been a haven for writers, from ancient poets who moved to the city, to native essayists and novelists, to expatriates who never ended their Grand Tour... [MORE]
Site reports (30%)
While in Rome, students will deliver the 15–20 minute site reports that they researched and wrote for Reading Rome. These reports are the backbone of our itinerary and have dictated the number and order of our excursions.
Although you ought to be very well prepared to hold forth on your site or monument, you will still need to plan ahead to make sure your report suits the realities of being on location. This means visiting your site and practicing your report several times in order to make the most of this opportunity... [MORE]