Virtual Admitted Students Day Celebrates Class of 2024
On Saturday, April 18, 2020, the John Cabot University Admissions Office hosted its second Admitted Students Day. This year, the University celebrated the incoming class of 2024 virtually on Zoom with a total of 79 accepted students tuning in from countries around the world, including Bolivia, Ecuador, Italy, Namibia, Poland, and the United States. Admitted Students Day 2020 was a great success and a virtual representation of the diversity and ingenuity of John Cabot University’s degree-seeking students.
The event kicked off at 6 pm Rome-time with a welcome from Arianna Catti De Gasperi, Director of Admissions, and opening remarks by President Franco Pavoncello. President Pavoncello discussed the current pandemic, saying that it is more important now than ever to keep globalization and international dialogue relevant, which is why making the decision to study at JCU is a wise one.
“Life gives us wonderful opportunities, and you have the gift of youth,” said President Pavoncello. “You want to explore, travel, and be exposed to new ideas, to eternal ideas, to visions of the world and nature that are going to enrich you. John Cabot University is a great opportunity to do this, it will be an experience that transforms you.”
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor Pamela Harris, followed with an overview of John Cabot’s Academic Success Program. She discussed how a liberal arts education allows students to discover themselves and engage the world, eventually giving them the tools to change it, through critical thinking and well-rounded knowledge. Overviews of Housing and Residential Life, Career Services, Student Life, Orientation, and Immigration were also given, highlighting how the services offered outside the classroom contribute and enhance the overall learning and student experience.
One of the highlights of the virtual Admitted Students Day was the Q&A session with club leaders and student ambassadors. Each student representative briefly introduced him or herself, and then the attendees were free to ask questions, such as how to get around the city, what are the favorite spots on campus, and what is the typical student budget.
Throughout the event, participants actively asked questions and inquired about what life as a John Cabot University student in Rome would be like.
Admitted Students Day 2020 ended with a campus tour video in which accepted students could see the different academic buildings and imagine themselves walking the cobblestone streets of Trastevere, going from class to class.
JCU’s Director of Admissions, Arianna Catti De Gasperi, noted the positive attitude of the incoming class of students, saying, “Despite the current circumstances, our incoming class seems brave and ready to pursue an international education of a lifetime.”
The John Cabot University community looks forward to welcoming the students in person on campus next Fall.