After Sunday Mass — accompanied by the beautiful College Choir at 9:00 a.m. — students filled themselves with a hearty brunch, then moved to the library for a study period to prepare for Monday’s classes on Euclid and Macbeth. The study period came to a close shortly after noon, at which time students gathered their things and boarded buses, bound for a glorious day at the beach.
After arriving at Carpinteria State Beach, students lathered up with sunscreen and joined in games of Frisbee and volleyball. At about 4:00 p.m all gathered for roll call, then jumped aboard the buses once more for a trip to Santa Barbara’s State Street.
Upon arriving, prefects took smaller groups of students to dinner at restaurants up and down the street. About half of the group ate at a favorite among Thomas Aquinas College’s students, Palazzio’s, where they delighted in the bella mia penne and other delicious dishes. Other students opted for Mexican food at Chipotle. And almost everyone saved room for frozen yogurt and ice cream.
After an evening of shopping, picture-taking, singing, and good fun, students met up at Stearns Wharf, where they gathered for a group picture in front of the Wharf's famous dolphin fountain before boarding the buses. After praying the Rosary on the bus, some students dozed off while others enjoyed friendly conversation on the way back to campus.