An experience to remember

Some people have the philosophy that every day is an adventure.

About 350 students and administrators from the Franciscan University of Steubenville coming back from the March For Life in Washington, D.C., had the adventure of a lifetime during last weekend’s blizzard.

First and foremost, the buses returned safely with the students and others.

The buses became stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for about 33 hours as snow continued to pile up around the buses. Those buses were among hundreds of vehicles that were caught up in the Allegheny Mountains after an accident on the turnpike blocked traffic. The Pennsylvania National Guard was deployed to help reopen the highway.

The students made the best of a bad situation. They talked, slept, watched movies, sang songs, played cards, prayed, visited others who trapped in other vehicles and just generally enjoyed the moment. The students, who are being taught to give back, found themselves on the receiving end.

People unknown to them brought food and water and made sure they were doing OK.

Tom Crowe, web communications manager for the university’s marketing and communications department, kept parents and those back in Steubenville updated on Facebook. Thanks to Crowe, friends, family members and the rest of the world were able to follow along as the ordeal unfolded and were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the buses finally started to move again.

It was an adventure but it also was a learning and life-skill lesson that usually isn’t available to college students.

In fact, the adventure offered a real-life lesson in teamwork and working to help others, from firefighters to law enforcement personnel to PennDot snow drivers. It was an experience that will not soon be forgotten.