Student of the Week: Sarah Labbad

Introducing our Student of the Week: Sarah Labbad!

Where are you from, where do you go to school and if you could live anywhere in the world; where would you live?

I’m from Philadelphia, PA, I grew up in Lower Merion and I go to Temple University. I love Philadelphia and I would always love to live there. I love traveling and I would appreciate the opportunity to live anywhere. I really think I would like to live in Madrid because I love speaking Spanish, it’s warm and I love to siesta.


What’s something nobody knows about you?

I love crossword puzzles, but only The New York Times crossword!


What is your major? How do you think attending Temple Rome this semester will help further your professional goals?

I study Management Information Systems in Fox. I’m excited to learn Italian so I can travel for my job in the future. I’m also excited to learn about culture and art so I can connect with many different kinds of people at my future place of employment.


Rome is ancient city filled with many secrets. What is your favorite hidden gem spot you’ve found in Rome or here at TUR? (study spot, park, favorite restaurant, anything!)

I’m taking the Art of Fascism and History of Art in Rome this semester, both of which include an excursion to the Roman Forum at Capitoline Hill. The view from above has been my favorite place so far because it made me feel like I was being transported back in time just by looking at it.


What would like to accomplish by the end of the semester here at TUR?

I want to know enough Italian to get around by myself, learn things about Roman art history since my major is very business focused, and to be able take my friends around the city while confidently explaining the history behind the landmarks/monuments/museums!


What is your favorite class you’re taking this semester, and why? What are you most excited to learn about?

My favorite class is definitely Art of Fascism because I find the influence of this time period fascinating. The fascist art that has been left over is still located everywhere throughout the city, and I wouldn’t even notice it if I wasn’t taking this class. Learning the meaning behind the objects that had been built/created during this time period helps to deepen my understanding of Italian history.


What advice would you give to students thinking about attending Temple Rome in the future?

If you have the opportunity, DO IT! You will have many stressful and uncomfortable experiences, but you will learn so much so quickly that you could never learn inside of the traditional classroom.