March 21, 2017

Then and Now

It is truly rewarding to think about how far I have come in all areas of my study abroad experience.  I am at the halfway point of my program, which is why I thought it would be appropriate to look back at where I was two months ago and compare that person with the person […]

February 28, 2017

A New Perspective

Sometimes, you need glasses. I don’t wear glasses myself, but there are times when one should really put on a pair of glasses.  I am not talking about bifocals, folks, I am talking about special lenses, the glasses your soul needs when it loses sight of the things that really matter.  For me, it has […]

February 21, 2017

My Friend, Barbara.

Yesterday, while at the fruit market so quaintly entitled “Fruttamania”, I made friends with the woman who works at the checkout counter.  I am an avid fan of bananas, so you could say I was a bit disappointed when I walked into the store to find that all of the pretty yellow bananas had already […]

February 19, 2017

My Fitbit Loves Me

I love to eat. And when I say that, I don’t mean I love to eat foods that are good for me while following a proper exercise plan with the occasional cheat day. My main diet at home consists of a whole lot of pasta, Snap Pizza, and Ben and Jerry’s. So naturally my friends and […]

February 17, 2017

No lo so

Getting lost in Rome sounds like an adventure filled with history, beauty, and culture. But add in a language barrier and your adventure turns into a scramble for google translate and the search for a divine sign pointing left or right. Living in a purely Italian neighborhood initially created some internal anxiety as we tried […]

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 […]

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