Selena Ponio | March 22, 2017
For 12 students in a class called “The Life and Times of Henry the VIII,” learning was not restricted to the walls of a classroom.
The seminar in the College of Arts and Letters hosted an all-expenses-paid trip to London for its students to help them gain a more in-depth understanding of the culture and history behind their readings.
Sophomore Jarod Luedecker was one of the students that went on the trip to London and other cities in England. He said the most moving experience came when he saw the wall graffiti on the stones of the Tower of London.
“It was so intricate, and it was hard to imagine that prison was made almost 500 years ago and it still survives today,” Luedecker said. “The fact that they felt the need to leave behind a memento was really moving.”
Luedecker said they also saw the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s Tudor warship that sank along with 300 people on it. He said he learned it sat at the bottom of the sea for 400 years, and the students got to see what was left on the ship.
“They had rosaries that men carried on board, and it was moving to think about men holding those rosaries and praying while the ship sunk,” Luedecker said.