By Karina Stephens

Do you ever want to meet and interact with more people at Madonna?  Looking for fun, inexpensive local things to do with the people you go to school with?  Madonna Miles is the thing for you.  

Madonna Miles is a program that takes four “field trips” each semester to various local attractions or activities.  This semester, the Madonna Miles program went to a Tigers baseball game, a “Perfect Fall Day” trip to a cider mill and activities in downtown Ann Arbor, a trip to Cedar Point for Halloweekends, and the upcoming trip to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth.  

These trips are a great opportunity for all students to meet new friends, bond with older friends, and experience things they may not always get to do.  The trips are especially great for international students who would not get to do things like these from their home countries and a great way to meet more people at Madonna at the same time.  

During my freshmen year, one of the collaborative classes all the students had to take as freshmen took all of the international students on a field trip to an apple orchard and corn maze, activities many of them had never heard of or done before.  Madonna Miles is a similar program and does Michigan-related activities like the Tiger’s game, cider mill, and the Bronner’s Winter Wonderland trip.  

All of the trips are very reasonably priced and a lot of fun for everyone.  Amanda Geraci, the Student Life Coordinator is in charge of the Madonna Miles trips and plans them.  New students are always welcome to attend any of the trips and as many students as possible are encouraged to check them out.  They go on new, different trips every semester.  

Andrea Gorgas is one Madonna student who attended the Perfect Fall Day trip, among around 40 others.  

“We got to get lunch and walk around downtown Ann Arbor on our own for a few hours, which was nice. Then we were bused out to Wiard's Apple Orchard and got to explore there. The price was $20, I believe, and it was totally worth it!”  She went along with one of her friends at Madonna and they had a great time together on this particular trip.

There is still one more trip left this semester to Bronner’s Frankenmuth set 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Students can still register.  

Contact Geraci for more information about the upcoming November trip or info on the trips being planned for the winter semester at


Students visit state attractions, roll up the Madonna Miles