So far studying abroad in Rome, Italy has been an amazing experience. I booked some trips alone which was extremely frightening for me to go on a trip not knowing anyone. I am grateful that I took a leap of faith and tried something out of my comfort zone. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world by traveling alone. I have come to make close friends with people I would normally not have gotten the chance to meet if I were still home in Wisconsin.
Good old Wisconsin. I do miss home occasionally. This trip has been just as rewarding as it has been hard to leave my family. My nephew started high school which is mind blowing. I have come to realize that I’ve been missing small comforts of home such as Jiff peanut butter and watching the Packers’ games with my parents on a crisp fall day with the smell of apple crisp filling the house. There are many differences from Rome and home. Here people drive like maniacs and park wherever they please. I fear that one day my foot will get run over by a car! The recycling system is way different than how we do it as home. However, at my house we did have a special place for organic waste which was outside in the corn field. The food here is always fresh and delicious! I think that is what I will miss the most when my time here is up. The food is amazing and I am becoming a better cook just by living here. I will not miss the low water pressure in our apartment though!
I am extremely happy that I got the opportunity to study abroad in such a magical city. Every day I wake up and think to myself “Is this real life?” I cannot wait to see all the more adventures I will get myself into and how many more amazing people that I will befriend. I am looking forward to my upcoming trip with SAI to Umbria on October 11th. It should be a complete blast!
– Ashley, St. Norbert College