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Senior plans to start college in Rome

Senior Zach Aurilio will be traveling further than any of his classmates for his first year of college. He has been accepted with a scholarship offer into the Loyola University Chicago’s Rome Start program.

The selective program accepts incoming freshmen who have an interest in studying internationally. Zach will study at the university’s Rome Center just outside of the city in Italy, where he will take some of his core curriculum courses. Following that first year, he will complete his undergraduate studies at Loyola Chicago, where he plans to study psychology with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

Zach said he didn’t apply to Loyola with the intention of starting college in Italy, but when he was completing his application, he checked the box indicating he would be interested in the program. Studying abroad was a long-term goal, and Italy was among his top prospects. He applied to Loyola because he was interested in attending college in Chicago. He received the Damen merit scholarship, awarding him $23,000 a year toward tuition, including the Rome Start program.

Zach said he is looking forward to the opportunity despite being anxious about going so far away his first year.

“I’m really nervous, but I realized I want to go there and I really want to do (the program),” Zach said.

Zach is in the House of Courage, is involved in tech theatre, and is on the Boys Soccer and Boys Swim teams.

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