Rose Belsito


The Soul of a University

In The Idea of a University, Cardinal Newman wrote that true education requires the personal influences of a teacher on students. During my years at Brescia, I was fortunate enough to be influenced by some outstanding teachers. I still recall Sister Corona’s Shakespeare class, Sister Mary Lou’s Victorian literature class, her Comparative literature class, and Sister Dolores’ psychology class. If I close my eyes, I can see myself sitting in those classes, engaged in some lively discussion. In an article I read recently, the writer suggested that the “soul” of a university is the mark left on the alumni’s minds which stays with them all their lives. Brescia has certainly left its mark on me and on thousands of other alumnae. Here’s to the next 100 years!

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