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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Countdown Begins

As my time in Italy begins to end, I’ve begun to reflect on my time here, including what I’ll miss about Rome and why I’m still looking forward to going back home.  With only 5 more days left in Italy, I must say that the countdown has been bittersweet.  Although I am so excited to…

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Fall Break!

For fall break we traveled to Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and Krakow. In Budapest, we saw this amazing Parliament building, went on a night boat tour, ate the best guacamole I’ve ever had, “biked” in the bike lane, and went to a fun ruin bar. While we were there it was pretty rainy, but we walked…

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The Last Few Days

There are only 18 days left of my time in Rome. I am pretty unsure how this is the case, but as my time in ending I am making sure to appreciate every day more than the last. It is hard to believe it is coming to an end because I still have a trip…

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Travel Essentials?

Halfway through my semester abroad I’ve come to the realization that there are a small number of things that are crucial to one’s survival. While it’s not the material nor the substantial, it consists more of the interpersonal. Adaptability has become the core concept of my identity abroad. As I grow more comfortable in Roman…

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What Traveling Has Taught Me

I am typing this blog post on the plane on my way to Budapest. We have fall break this week where my friends and I will be seeing Budapest, Prague, Vienna, and Poland. We had midterms last week and I am thrilled to finally be able to have a full week of traveling. Though we…

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