By Erica Rakowicz

erakowicz@my.madonna.edu


Madonna students explore Michigan, strengthen bonds, make new friends and try out new hobbies through Madonna Miles, a Madonna Student Life program.


Student Life, accompanied by the ESL program and the International Students Office, select different local venues as well as an array of activities of interest for Madonna students.


Madonna Miles took students to the North American International Auto Show in January, where students were allowed to explore COBO and grab lunch with each other.


February plans include a Detroit Pistons game, with court-end seats and an after-game opportunity to shoot on the court, and a tour through the Charles H. Wright African American History Museum. After the tour students are allowed to explore Detroit a bit for lunch and take a visit to the DIA.


Last on the agenda for March is a tour of both the Michigan Historical Museum and the Capitol building.


“I think the Madonna Miles trips are great for our students because it gives them the opportunity to step outside of the campus and experience some local culture. Many students do not know much about Michigan (if anything) before they arrive, and they spend almost all of their time on campus,” said Amy Dickerson, Student Advisor of the International Students Office.


There is a strong emphasis on culture during the Madonna Miles trips.


“For me, being able to revisit some of these places I've been to before, or go on field trips I took when I was younger, with the international students allows me to experience them through the eyes of someone new to them, which gives me a new appreciation for the great culture surrounding us. And it's great to see them enjoy themselves,” Dickerson said.


Staff, faculty and friends are invited to embark on these Michigan adventures as well.


Trips must be paid for at registration in the Office of Student Life (Room 1411).




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