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Fall Trips – Should they continue, or are they a waste of time?

Isabella Todini, Reporter

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Around the world, schools offer experiences and trips to students, often unique and unforgettable ones. St. Stephen’s is no different. Every fall, students choose a location in Italy to visit, and with a group of other students of mixed ages, they embark on their three day explorations of the country we are honoured to call our home.
Fall trips are beneficial to the student body for a number of reasons. Firstly, they offer students a chance to travel and experience more of Italy than they may have otherwise been able to. The trips often take us to locations that are small and unfamiliar, providing students with the opportunity to discover more hidden aspects of the Italian culture. From small towns in Elba to the excitement of Venice, fall trips are diverse and allow for students of different interests to enjoy themselves. These trips allow students to learn about their surroundings as well as have fun, and with activities ranging from nature hikes to aquarium visits, there are ways for students to learn and understand more at every turn.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, fall trips encourage and promote making new friends. Especially for students who are new at St. Stephen’s, making friends can be challenging. Luckily, during trips, students remain with the same group of people for three or four days, and it is inevitable that they will make friends. The great thing about friends from trips is that they are likely to be people who students would not normally have met, perhaps people outside of their friend group, or even people from other grades. The spirit of friendship of fall trips is a major contributor to the close and accepting nature of the St. Stephen’s community.
Finally, fall trips are a good break from school. Students can enjoy spending time with their friends from school without the stress of classes and homework. As the momentum of the year is starting to pick up, fall trips are a good way to ease the tension of returning to school, by providing us with a relaxing intermission in our busy lives.
It is for these reasons that I believe that going on fall trips is a positive tradition that benefits students and the school community, allows unlikely connections to be made, and encourages getting to know the myriad of locations Italy has to offer.

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