Second Month in Rome

By now, it has been two months since I first arrived. Now I know how to speak a little bit of Italian, I’ve been taking Italian classes every school day. I am able to communicate at the restaurant and at the supermarket and I am able to understand most of what I read. I know…

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First Month in Rome

It has been a month in Rome. I have been living with 5 roommates which I get along with very well. This month has been very cool, I have visited all the the historic monuments in Rome which are extraordinary. My life style has changed a bit from what I’m used to, I have a…

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Pre departure for Study Abroad in Rome

I have lived in the Caribbean all of my life, bouncing between the Islands of St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.   Interacting with Hispanic, French and Dutch citizens has allowed me to develop a culturally diverse identity.  Moving to Winter Park proved to be a challenging experience.   Campus life proved to be intellectually exciting, but socially,…

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Adventures in an Italian Grocery Store

“Oh yeah, we drippin’ in finesse and gettin’ paid.” Stepping off of the bustling Viale di Trastevere into an Italian grocery, Cardi B’s voice is the last thing I expect to hear. But here I am, standing under the fluorescent light of Elite a little outside of Rome’s city center. Today marks my first venture…

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Pre-Departure Roma

Identity is one of the key foundations of humanity. It has caused wars, shaped political climates, built and broken barriers, and boggled the minds of most of the world. Our beliefs, values, and judgements all stir together to form the core of our identity. Typically causing more strife than peace, identity has been integral in…

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Rome will always be home /// Post-Departure Post

I never doubted the impact that my identity could have on how I experience and view the world and I still believe that the impact of one’s identity on their experiences is quite large, almost like the effect of rose-colored glasses, but not necessarily always with a positive connotation.  Everyone has a unique perspective and…

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Final Post

After what seems to have been around the world in 180 days, I feel even more certain that identity has strong influence on our experience of the world. I do also believe that people who have different identities experience the world in a different manner. The world that surrounded me for the last four months…

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Final Post

After studying abroad, I still believe, as I did before, that identity will influence the way you see the world. I think that I even might believe even more than I did before that it influences your perception and the way you embrace another culture. There were many kids in my program that would always…

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Roma Is Homa

As the final weeks of study abroad come to an end, I suddenly feel a pang of sadness. Italy, in a mere 3 months, has become home. Quickly, I realized that I have learned more than what I could have ever dreamed of. I am now able to ask for directions and ingredients at the…

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1 week left in Roma!

I have about one week left in Rome at the time of writing this blog post. This week for me has been all about studying and preparing for final exams, but also about going to my favorite spots in Rome for one last time and spending as much time as I can with the amazing…

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