The Student Blogs section of our website is currently under maintenance and expected to be fully up and running by Friday. Our apologies for any unavailable pages in the meantime.

You are here

Reflecting on Rome

January 8, 2018

Today is my first day back at school in Indiana. I’ve been home for a few weeks now, and Italy seems like a dream. It’s hard to believe I lived in those places, and experienced all of those amazing things.

I’m having a hard time getting ready for this semester. It’s dropped below zero degrees Farenheit almost every single day here, and I hate the cold. It’s 51 degrees in Rome right now.

The coffee here is terrible, everyone always wants to go to subpar Italian restaurants, and the ice cream costs far too much money. But I know I’ll get used to my school again, just as I got used to being in Rome. Afterall, going abroad taught me to be flexible.

Everyone wants to know how my experience in Rome went. Maybe it seems like I’m describing a four-month vacation - I guess that’s not exactly false. I have a few handy sentence ready. I say I ate well, saw many beautiful things, flew on many planes. I made a few best friends (casual), and we are planning to visit each other this summer.

Of course, that description is a poor representation of the rich experience I had abroad. But no one wants the full explanation - I’m not even sure what it would look like. I’ll probably have to start writing more about my experience to to understand its full impact.

My friend is leaving for a semester abroad this week, and she told me that she’s nervous. I could relate. I was scared even after I had settled into my apartment in Rome. It took weeks to get used to. But I told her it would be over before she knew it, and to take full advantage of the opportunity. It’s an intense experience, so you have to do everything quickly - make friends, adjust to your environment, make travel plans. So you have to do everything with intention. But as a result, you see so much more of the world.

She asked me if I felt like a different person after living abroad. I said I felt like that would be a silly thing to say, but I do feel refreshed. She responded that I seem less anxious, and happier in general. While some of that probably had to do with winter break, I know I am better because of my time abroad, and I am so thankful. I hope I bring those positive qualities into this next semester and beyond.

From Our Blogs

Jul 19 6:36am

Where I've Been

by Rachael


Hi everyone!

Learn more
Jul 18 6:27pm

Making memories all over New Zealand

by Veronica

Hello ladies, gentlemen, and non-binary folk!

So last time I was speaking to you, I was just arriving in Auckland. As I am writing to you now, I am just a few days away from ending my program. I still can not believe that.

Learn more
Jul 18 12:16pm

Rome, Week 8

by Briana Maddox

It’s hard to believe that one more week has passed by and there’s only one week left of the program. It feels like we just landed yesterday, and everything went by in the blink of an eye. Sounds cliche as all hell, but it’s true.

Learn more
Jul 18 2:59am

Why Study Abroad In the Summer

by Shea

If you are like me, you may have a lot of questions about studying abroad in the summer. Is it too short? Is it enough time to travel? Do you get full credits for the courses you take? Are there less places and courses to choose from? Do you get the full experience of being abroad?

Learn more
Jul 18 12:50am

Ebb and Flow

by Erin

I feel like pinching myself when I say it, but I miss home a lot. It’s so hard to admit it to myself. How could I possibly want this wonderful trip to end? It seems ungrateful, and whiny.

Learn more
Jul 18 12:08am

Shanghai Summer Internship Classes

by Lexi

In addition to our internships, we all have Chinese class once a week, as well as our internship seminar course. Our internship seminar course is a two-and-a-half hour class, which meets Thursday nights after we arrive home from our respective internships.

Learn more