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Mark Boguslavsky, ’19

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

I’d like to live somewhere green and warm that’s not too far from a beach or city. I’m not sure if that means one of the US coasts or somewhere in Europe- I guess I have to travel more and find out!

What is something that nobody knows about you?

The first phrase I learned in Italian was “posso accarezzare il tuo cane?” and it’s served me well because the dogs here are beautiful.

What made you want to study abroad?

My parents had to travel a lot in Europe before they settled in America, so I wanted to experience living in Europe myself.

What is your favorite spot in Rome (place to study, eat, site-see, etc.)?

I’ve had a lot of gelato in Italy in my quest to find the best gelateria. Right now, my favorite is Fatamorgana because it has the most unique flavors and combinations, and never disappoints.

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

The first week we were abroad, there was a free opportunity to attend an ensemble from the Human Rights Band at the Casa del Jazz. I went there not knowing what to expect and the different kinds of music and instruments were incredible! Plus there was a cocktail afterparty with tasty aperitivos.

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

The weekly site visits for the History of Art in Rome are amazing because they allow me to see appreciate the works as they are meant to be seen, as well as go to places I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Also, having late classes is great because it allows me to sleep in and have a shifted schedule since dinner is later in Italy.

What do you hope to get out of this experience and how will it help you with your professional goals?

I’m hoping that studying abroad in Italy will help me meet more friends, interact with people from different backgrounds, and better understand a different culture.

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

Bring good walking shoes, and view everything as an opportunity to explore Italy and a different culture.

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