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 (www.ormeroma.it). 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 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 […]

February 3, 2016


It can be difficult to get where you’re going in Rome, and not because the public transit is lacking! In fact, the metro is great. My problem is that I always get sidetracked because you can’t walk more than a block without finding another historical masterpiece. On the way to Palazzo Doria Pamphilij (blog coming […]

February 3, 2016

Crossing the Ocean…and the Streets

After 4,358 miles, I stepped off the plane and found myself in Italy. It was a strange feeling to look out the windows of Fiumicino airport and think “this is really Italy now. Those buildings out there are in Italy. I’m in Italy. What is Italy??” I guess I’ll find out soon. One of the first things […]

December 15, 2015

The Joy of the Jubilee

This semester in Rome has been unforgettable. Interning so close to the Vatican has given me a close-up and in-depth look at the Vatican, Catholic Church, and Pope Francis. Being so close to all the action has allowed me to participate in the festivities of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in a real and meaningful […]

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