Finding Their Place: Anselmian 360

As part of the college’s Anselmian 360 Program in September, 91 first-year students gathered in Ocean Park, Maine to discuss relationships, community, and values. Through a series of personal reflections presented by upperclassmen mentors, the new students were encouraged to reflect on themselves, the countless opportunities they will have to get involved, and finding one’s place at Saint Anselm.

Anselmian 360An extension of the New Student Orientation program, Anselmian 360 (now in its second year) is structured alongside the core curriculum Humanities Program, Conversatio, to further orient students to the opportunities available to them as Saint Anselm students.

“The trip itself is designed to mirror their first semester of Conversatio: working their way through the Self, the Community, and the Divine. While Conversatio is certainly academic in nature, Anselmian 360’s goal is to help personally connect those themes,” says Program Director Sarah Catherine Richardson.

Each trip is structured around five talks by student-leaders on the Self, the Community, Relationships, Exploring, and Seeking. Students discuss topics such as their values and those of the college community, as well as developing meaningful relationships, and connecting with the community through active engagement and through one’s personal faith.

The Anselmian 360 program is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Raymond D. Laurion ’54 and Rita Laurion (Mount St. Mary ’52) of Rochester, N.H.