Ready For Rome

Briana Maddox
May 19, 2018

Hello! My name is Briana Maddox, and I’m currently a senior at Penn State pursuing a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a minor in anthropology. This summer, I’ll be completing the Rome Summer Internship as the last couple of college credits that I have before I complete my undergraduate career. As I get ready to leave for this summer’s Rome Summer Internship Program, I am beyond excited to get to spend two months living one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Over the course of the past week and a half, I’ve been busy getting all of my clothes, shoes, and other miscellaneous items packed in addition to brushing up on Italian and Roman habits and ways of life, learning how to speak the language, and what life might be like for a foreigner in Italy.

Although this is my first time leaving the U.S., I am more than ready and excited to begin my time abroad with an amazing internship with a wonderful company called LivItaly. Working as an intern for a well-known and well-respected tour company will allow me to learn the ins and outs of learning how to live in Italy as well as how to avoid tourist traps in Italy and other European countries as well as be able to be a savvy traveler in the future. However, after being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and dealing with depression for the past couple of years, especially after my older sister passed away last summer, I'm dreading the idea of dealing with all of that alone and in a completely foreign country. While preparing to go abroad, I’ve prepared a small bucket list of things that I’d like to complete and experience while abroad:

  1. Complete stellar work with my internship
  2. Create a lasting and positive impact on both IES Internships and LivItaly (the company that I’m interning for)
  3. Boost LivItaly’s online social media presence and audience
  4. Work to help other Americans learn more about IES Internships and LivItaly, and how to participate in activities and events with both companies.
  5. Visit the St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums
  6. Visit the Colosseum and the Forum
  7. Visit the Trevi Fountain
  8. Sit on the Spanish Steps
  9. Spend a weekend at the Amalfi Coast
  10. Spend a weekend in Venice
  11. Spend a weekend in Florence and see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  12. Spend a weekend in Sicily
  13. Spend a weekend in Milan
  14. Visit Pisa and see the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  15. Try some Italian gelato
  16. Shop at Campo de Fiori
  17. Spend a weekend at Cinque Terre
  18. Visit Pompeii and take a tour of the ruins
  19. Spend a weekend on the island of Capri and visit the Blue Grotto
  20. Visit Naples and try the pizza there
  21. Tour Castel Sant'Angello
  22. Tour the Pantheon
  23. Take a day trip to Verona and see Juliet's Balcony
  24. Watch the 2018 World Cup with Italians and other soccer fans
  25. Spend the weekend visiting the island of Sardinia
  26. Visit the Capuchin Monastery Catacombs
  27. Tour the Uffizi Gallery
  28. Tour the Borghese Gallery
  29. Create positive habits to keep my anxiety disorder, depression, and grief/homesickness as much at bay as I possibly can
  30. Creating a plan with my supervisors at IES Internships and LivItaly for the days that my depression and anxiety get bad so that I can have a system of support and know what to do and where to go when I need that kind of information

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Briana Maddox

<p>I thoroughly enjoy reading and writing, and I even run my own personal blog.</p>

Destination:
Term:
2018 Summer 1, 2018 Summer 2
Home university:
Penn State University
Hometown:
West Chester, PA
Major:
Media/Media Studies
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