Where are you from?
I am from Houston, Texas
What school do you go to?
I am a Communications and Public Policy major, with a concentration in CRS at Washington and Jefferson College. A small liberal arts college located in Washington, PA.
What made you choose to study abroad at Temple Rome?
As I approach senior year and making life choices I needed a program that would help me find myself and discover my passion. Temple Rome offers the opportunity to volunteer or intern with different programs and is placed in a beautiful area of Rome. I knew I needed guidance and independence, thanks to Temple Rome I’ve received both. I chose Temple Rome because I knew this program would allow me to be independent to a certain extent. Temple Rome is an American university that helps us integrate ourselves to the Italian culture.
What has been your favorite school experience?
On October 5th, I went on a trip with my Human Rights Class and visited a Juvenile Detention Center in Naples. At first, I was a bit nervous to meet detainees my age who committed serious crimes, but at the end of the day what I saw was amazing. This detention center, humanized them, educated them and wants to understand them. Furthermore, we were allowed to tour around during siesta and speak to two detainees about their life in jail. These guys were wearing civilian clothes because the center believed in equality when it comes to clothes and humanized them. This experience was amazing and I will never forget it. I saw the way other countries work when it comes to young teens who have committed a crime and the importance of humanizing a teenager/young adult.
What has been your favorite overall experience so far?
For the past 3 months, I’ve been volunteering at Joel Nafuma Refugee Center and my time there has positively impacted my life. It has been an honor to learn from U.N members, psychologists, cultural mediators and peacekeepers about working with refugees. I’m also very thankful to join this team during a time they decided to start a new project named Safe Space for women and children. The purpose of this program is to create a Safe Space Nursery for asylum-seeking, Refugee Women and Children during the day to minimize their exposure to exploitation and violence. From helping out in the supply closet to the nursery, I was and continue to be excited to lend a hand. I’ve learned a lot about this particular community, and I’ve grown a passion for this work that I hope to continue in America.
What do you hope to accomplish before leaving?
My main goal is to continue learning about myself and uncovering my passions. I hope that I can leave Rome with a confident mindset about myself and life. As the semester comes to an end in 2 weeks, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I would encourage every student to study abroad for a semester. Explore. Learn. Find Yourself.