We caught up with Ambassador Krystal, who spent some time answering questions about her time in Rome.
What felt the most “foreign” to you when you came back to the US?
Coming back was strange to me but what felt the most completely different was being able to talk to my family in one room. For me, I am close to my family so being away for four months was strange but coming back was even stranger.
What is your favorite memory from studying abroad?
One of the best memories was one of the events that SAI coordinated where we went to Frascati and we visited one of the bakeries where there was a sweet old lady that was making cookies. Later, we went to a winery where they showed us how they make their different wines and how each wine has a different taste based on the age, grape, and storage container. Lastly, we ate at this amazing little restaurant that had the best-cooked vegetables.
What was your favorite thing to do in your host city?
When I was in Rome, one of my favorite things to do was to sit out on the terrace of John Cabot University and to take in the view of the city. From that viewpoint, you could see everything like the Colosseum, the Vatican, etc… It was incredible to realize that you are here, in Rome.
Krystal was an SAI Rome spring 2018 student from Point Loma Nazarene University.