May 11, 2016

Perks of Press Passes

This semester, I’ve been exposed to things in Rome I never could have imagined, and was given access to some amazing opportunities. Two of these came just this past week as a result of my internship with Catholic News Service. My first opportunity came this past Wednesday when I got to accompany our photographer, Paul, […]

May 10, 2016

Spending Spring Break in Sicily

This semester, our spring break took place the week after Easter. And while most of my classmates stayed in Rome for the Easter weekend, I had other plans. (However, I did make sure to make it to one Easter celebration at the Vatican-Liz and I attended the Holy Thursday Mass at St. Peter’s) Instead of […]

April 21, 2016

Truffles and cheeses and wine, oh my!

One of the things that I liked most about Arcadia’s program in Rome is that each class that you register for includes one weekend-long excursion with your professor and classmates. My high school did not fund “field trips,” so I was really excited to get to be able to do one in college- especially in […]

April 20, 2016

Welcome to Orme

One of the activities students can take part in after class is a sort of soup kitchen with an association called orme ( We meet outside Piramide metro station along with about 20 members of associazione orme. We prepare food bags and dinner for refugees and others experiencing homelessness in the city. The experience is […]

April 14, 2016

Under the Lazian Sun

With an impeccable weekend weather forecast in Rome, my roommates and I were determined to get to the beach and spend some time in the sun on one of our days off. There is a nice beach only a short train ride out of the city, but many locals told us that beach wasn’t “the […]

April 5, 2016

Nova Pride in Rome

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to write about the Final Four and the NCAA Championship, and to talk about how my friends and I were able to gather together to celebrate the Wildcats even though we weren’t experiencing the action at home or in Houston like most of our friends. However, when I […]

March 30, 2016

Encounters with Locals

Upon arriving in Rome, I was a little skeptical about the idea of social integration between people of two entirely different cultures. I knew that the study abroad students in our program would be scattered throughout different apartment buildings with Italian residents; however, I wasn’t convinced that would necessarily merge American and Italian cultures together. […]

March 13, 2016

Greetings from Garbatella

Since arriving in Rome, I have seen and experienced more of the city than I ever imagined. In just a short period of time I mastered the art of navigating the metro, learned the best times of day to visit tourist attractions, climbed hills, conquered duomos, visited the countryside, and, of course, discovered all of […]

March 9, 2016

Street Art: More Than Your Typical Graffiti

Over the past five weeks here in Rome, I feel like I’ve repeatedly commented on how great of a job the Arcadia staff does when it comes to showing us the city. Through our orientation program, the extracurricular programs offered, and our classes in general-which have mostly been on site-I feel as though I have […]

February 28, 2016

Ciao from Naples!

This weekend I had the most wonderful experience going to Naples with my International Business class. Arcadia did an incredible job organizing the weekend so that we were able to experience the culture and apply it to what we have learned in our class. Our two professors, Paula & Professor Corbino, are from Naples and […]

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