Introducing our student of the week, Yu-Jie (Grace) Liao! Grace is originally from Taichung, Taiwan but now lives in Philadelphia and attends Temple University. She is a rising senior with a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and Global Studies. Her goal is to find a career that involves both science and international relations. Her hobby at the moment is trying different flavors of gelato (I’m sure many of us can relate).
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
I would definitely want to be somewhere near the beach but not too touristy. I just love beaches so much I could sit there all day, maybe read a book, maybe take a nap.
What is something that nobody knows about you?
I love puppies but I am actually scared of them. I’ve been training myself to interact with puppies because they are just too cute!
What made you want to study abroad?
It’s always fun to travel. Plus, I’ve never been to Europe before so this is just the perfect opportunity.
What is your favorite spot in Rome (place to study, eat, site-see, etc.)?
My favorite spot so far is probably the Villa Borghese Garden. I’ve been there once on Monday, and even though it was a bit muddy, it was still so pretty. I might start bringing a book and read there on weekday afternoons.
What is the coolest thing that you’ve done so far while abroad?
Not anything too special, but I am surprised about the amount of walking I’ve been doing for the past few days. Although I’ve been walking a lot, it doesn’t feel like that much because there is so much to see in this city, and I think it’s really cool.
What do you like most about your classes at Temple University Rome?
Field trips! I love going to actual sites and see what we learn in real life.
What do you hope to get out of this experience and how will it help you with your professional goals?
I want to learn how to interact with more people and to be able to travel independently. Also, I’m excited for my internship at L’Osservatorio, where I will be able to learn and grow at a research center that copes with international topics.
What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Temple University Rome in the future?
Keep your mind open, talk to people, and don’t be held back to try out new things!