This summer, eight Verbum Dei scholars packed their bags and used their vacation to experience a glimpse of college at Loyola Marymount University. Juniors Michael Pineda, Jose Flores, Brian Flores, Daniel Herrera, Kevin Vega, Alejandro Rodriguez, Andy Marquez, and Luis Amezcua were accepted into LMU’s Pre- College Summer Program! Our gentlemen were able to dive into the world of urban ecology as they examined the interactions between natural and social systems and learned how they could create positive change around environment challenges. They also took a course in Campaigns and Elections in the 21st Century, where they immersed themselves in the modern world of campaign elections, which included lectures, small group work, guest speakers, and dynamic field trips! They also were able to meet local elected officials, hear from campaign consultants, and received hands on experience with data, analytical software, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help understand modern campaigns.
The summer was filled with experiences of a lifetime. Junior, Andy Marquez even won a program-wide competition to see who would be the best campaign manager! Needless to say this experience was a game changer for our boys and their futures. From learning to live with a roommate to strengthening resumes or college applications, our student’s walked away from a summer on the bluff feeling better prepared to enter the 4-year university environment. The partnership and Jesuit connection we share with LMU is one that has strengthened the educational experience at Verbum Dei. We are incredibly proud and impressed by our boys and are excited to see more of our students get a head start on the college experience.