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Jordan Febles, ’19

Student in front of water and hillside

What made you want to study abroad?

Initially I wanted to get a break from my usual and experience a different culture so I felt that this is the best opportunity to experience another culture than you’re used to at home. I also wanted to make friends and connections from all over the world so I felt like studying abroad was a good idea both academically and professionally.

What do you like most about your classes at Temple University Rome?

What I like most about my classes are my teachers, they make you feel homey and they try their best to ensure your success. They take their time with you and aren’t one to shy away from going over the problems or helping you. The staff are very real, inside and outside the classroom and are very willing to help you get the most from your experience in Rome.

What are you most excited to learn about while abroad?

The most exciting thing I’ve learned through my experience abroad is finding who you are. When you get here, it can be easy to fall into a rut or follow the crowd. Coming here has given me a better knowledge of who I am, what I want, and the type of connections I want to build.

What is your favorite spot in Rome?

Probably St. Peters Basilica, because when you walk in it’s a grand entrance to one of the most beautiful places in the country. Whenever I walk in, it feels like home and a sacred place that I feel comfortable at so I go there often.

What is the coolest thing that you’ve done so far while abroad?

Going to London and meeting new people. I loved the culture of London from the food to the attractions. I walked around Buckingham Palace and the area around the London eye. There’s 4-D movie effects, singers, street performers, markets, artwork – the whole strip is beautiful, especially because there’s so much always going on. In Italy, I liked interacting with the Italian people as they’re often very nice. At first you’re a stranger but once they know you’re here to stay, you’re treated like family.

What would you like to accomplish by the end of the semester here in Rome?

I would like to be able to go back home and relate the experience that I’ve learned while abroad. Ultimately, I want to finish off the semester well, show appreciation to those who’ve helped me while back home and influence others to study abroad at some point in their life. It’s one of the best experiences to have and more people should experience traveling outside of their home country and comfort zone.

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

Don’t run after the clique. Try to find out who you are, what you want, and what you came here for. Before doing something, ask yourself “is this what you really want to do?”. Go after what your heart tells you but don’t limit yourself from experiencing anything the world offers.


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