I have travelled abroad to Rome before but I really wanted to live in Rome and experience a different rhythm to life away from America.
The off-site excursions with the professors. The ability to experience Rome and Italy with someone knowledgeable really enriches your experience and gives you access to Italy that as an English speaker or foreigner can be very difficult to see.
I am most excited about learning about the mafia in Professor Smith’s class Sociology of the Mafia, as a psychology major is it important to learn not only about individuals but also about the larger community which they live in and how that influences them.
Whether or not this experience is professional development is subjective. To only see the world through the lens of professional development is too limiting. I did not come here to check off a box or add another line to my resume but to experience Rome. However this experience will affect my future job prospects, I don’t know, but living in another country exposes you to things you never expected.
Going on an overnight class trip to Naples with Professor Anna Tuck-Scala. Going with someone who had such a deep knowledge of Naples and of the art there gives a whole new perspective to the city and its history.
Temple Rome is a great base to explore the rest of Europe and Italy, but don’t forget to experience Rome. There are many amazing parts of Rome that aren’t part of the tourist circuit. Ask your professors if they have any suggestions!
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