She never planned to be an author, but
Kristin Johansen ‘13TCB completed a children’s book during a
freshman class in Rome, Italy. Diana Capalbo ‘13CPS anticipates
seeing her first poetry in print. And Anthony O’Reilly ‘13CPS wrote
a short story about traveling in Italy.
St. John’s students this year completed creative writing projects
in Rome, Italy,
as part of the University’s new
Freshman Passport Program. The 67 students were the second
group of freshmen in the program, more than doubling the number of
the first participants in August 2009.
Students spent their fall semester at the Queens and Staten Island
campuses before going to St. John’s Rome, Italy,
campus. Three freshman writing classes took part in the program,
along with Discover
New York (DNY), a core course whose students compared life in
New York to Rome. The writing professors were
Derek Owens, D.A., Associate Professor and Executive Director,
for Writing Studies;
Tara Roeder, Assistant Professor (Queens); and
David Farley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Staten Island). Prof.
Adam Smith taught DNY (Queens).