Looking Back: One Student's Reflection on the "Museum as a Classroom" Experience

April 15, 2019


Over spring break, the Honors Program sent a group of students to both Milwaukee and Chicago as a part of the "Museum as a Classroom" trip. Over the course of a few days, students had the opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, several other awesome museums, and even got to stay in a Norbertine house! All of this, of course, was made even better by the colorful commentary of faculty leader Fr. Neilson. Ruthie Tucker, one participant of the trip, shares her thoughts below about how the experience has impacted her and what she has to say about it to future students.


What did you hope to learn? What did you learn?

I was hoping to learn more about art history and how art has evolved over time. I expected that Fr. Neilson would be doing all the talking and I would be doing a lot of listening. However, I did not expect to learn about architecture when we went for walks in the neighborhood or how some pieces of art may seem simple and ordinary but hold great meaning. It didn’t expect to learn that art does not have a clear boundary or definition.


Would you recommend the experience to future students?

I would highly recommend the experience to future students! I had such a wonderful time getting to know those who accompanied me on the trip and have everywhere we went turn into an educational lecture.


How has your experience at St. Norbert been impacted by the trip?

At SNC, we really stress Communio. I believe that Communio was present on this trip. Even though I was the youngest one on the trip, I never felt left out or out of place. Everyone was very welcoming and kind, and I am so fortunate to have gone on this trip. I cannot stress how educational and fun “Museum as Classroom” was!


We're glad that not only Ruthie, but all of the students had such a great time on the trip, and hope that it is a tradition we can continue in the future.






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