Katie Donahue

Tulane University of Louisiana
Rome - Language & Area Studies

Until college, I took French and Spanish classes. Now, I'm a Political Science/Italian major at Tulane University. My time there has convinced me that New Orleans is the greatest city in the world, but I'm thrilled for Rome to try and change my mind. I'm a cannoli aficionado but I'm also serious about exercise- I work at a gym (as a lifeguard)! I like hiking, photography, cooking, surfing, and reading. I'm excited to share my semester abroad with you!

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January 10, 2017

As I write my final blog for IES Abroad, I am on a plane bound for New Orleans, the first city that I’ve ever loved. My classes will be starting soon, I’ll be busy searching for internships, spending the majority of my time in the library, and daydreaming about being back in Rome.

December 25, 2016

1. A conservative estimate of 47 pizzas from my favorite joint in Prati, Napul'e ( One time, my friend Carl brought me a pizza from Napul'e, but I accidentally fell asleep while I was waiting for the pizza and also Carl.

November 25, 2016

Fair warning, this will be a rare quasi-serious blog post for me. 

November 17, 2016

I am not very creative (not being self-deprecating, just self-aware), so the IES Abroad-organized activities described below were a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone, which usually just involves looking at art other people made.

November 7, 2016

I don't believe in open letters, but if I did, this would be my open letter to everyone to stop giving Venice such a bad rap. I was so psyched to spend a weekend in a city without cars after so much time in Rome, a beautiful but chaotic metropolis.

October 31, 2016

*actually fall break

October 26, 2016

If and when you study abroad or do some traveling around Europe, you’ll probably become a little familiar with hostels, unless you are somehow a student with unlimited funds.

October 24, 2016

Although I’ll be the first to tell you that studying abroad is the best decision that I have ever made and that I have no regrets about my choice, it’s not always easy. It’s a little difficult to be thousands of miles away from your family and friends when something goes wrong.

September 26, 2016

Last weekend, I headed to Amalfi with IES Abroad. Everyone always raves about the absurd beauty of Amalfi, but it turns out seeing is believing. I've attached a small selection of photos that I believe represent our lemon-scented weekend well.

September 19, 2016

Hello fabulous readers, it's me, spontaneous weekend trip girl. One night last week when my brain had a little bit of trouble turning off before bed, I remembered that I am living in Rome and therefore only a little over an hour from pizza heaven and fascinating history.

September 6, 2016

Hello faithful readers, family, friends, and strangers on the Internet. I have been in Rome for about a week and I’m here today to throw everything I’ve learned at you in an attempt to help you survive here. This format will likely make no sense, please roll with it.

August 19, 2016

Questions and concerns regarding preparations for going abroad that have run through my mind, the minds of those who have discussed my travel plans with me, and possibly your minds.

July 31, 2016

Hello to all reading this, and welcome to what I hope will be an exciting and fun blog! IES Abroad has been gracious enough to allow me to share my experiences abroad with you all. Here's a little introduction so you feel like you know me a bit better: