Student of the Week: Stanley Tang

Introducing our Temple University Rome Student of the Week: Stanley Tang!

Stanley studies Pharmaceutical Science back at Temple University in Philadelphia, and this is actually his second time studying here at TUR! In the Summer of 2017, he was enrolled in the 6-week program and enjoyed his experience so much that he returned this Spring for a full semester. With this being his second time studying in Rome, he has some great advice and big goals he would like to accomplish by the end of the semester.

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 Abington, Pennsylvania, a suburb right outside of Philadelphia. I’m a Junior at Temple University. I don’t think I’ve been to enough places to make an informed decision about where I would like to live, but from where I’ve been, it would be pretty awesome to live on the big island in Hawaii or in Mexico City.

What’s something nobody knows about you?

That I’m an avid gamer.

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

My major is Pharmaceutical Science. This semester abroad will enable me to be a more independent, and globally-minded person.

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!)

Nothing secret but reading a book on the Spanish Steps is surprisingly enjoyable. Also, the Trevi Fountain in the small hours is always great.

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

I hope to know Rome more extensively than I do Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, my mindset is rarely to go out of my way to explore the city; nevertheless, as a resident, you inadvertently get to know the city pretty well. My goal is to delve into Rome so deeply that I know it better than my native city.

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

All of my classes are interesting but I do quite enjoy Pop Culture of Modern Italy. Dr. Smith does an awesome job of relating cultural aspects of Italy through history.

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

Definitely do a lot of research, especially if you’re a CST major. Don’t take too many GenEds before you come so it’s easier to fill out a full-time semester. If you can’t do a full semester, a summer session is still worth it (this is coming from someone who has done both).