It’s crazy for me to say it, but I’ve been living in Rome for over two months! The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” has never been more true. I can distinctly remember boarding the plane at JFK and wondering if I was actually ready to go on such a huge adventure. As much as I don’t want this to end, I can’t wait to get back home and share my experience with my family and friends. I have seen and done so many things in the past 2 months that at times it’s hard to keep track of when I went where and with who, but thankfully this blog is helping me remember all of those details. I can’t wait to look back on this in the years to come and be very glad that I forced myself to write even though I didn’t always feel like it. I still have 3 more trips next month so I have a lot to look forward to!
I would like to say though that not every day is full of sunshine and unicorns. Lately, I’ve found myself to be more stressed out than I ever have been at Marywood. Sure, there were times back at home when I stressed about an approaching deadline or an exam, but here in Rome I also have to deal with travel plans, expenses and making sure I get as much as I can out of this experience on top of going to class and doing my work. I am not one who can slack off, because sooner or later that little voice in the back of my head will remind me that I have work to do. Some of this stress is self-inflicted though because I am trying to get ahead before I get behind, so to speak. I have two 10-page papers due before the end of the semester and 3 more trips planned in that exact same time frame. Sicily, Paris, London, and Edinburgh are looming on the horizon and so are these papers.If I wasn’t going somewhere every weekend, this would be a much different story. I guess it’s not great to say, but I didn’t think I’d be doing this much work during my time abroad. And yes, I understand that I am here for an education and that I have to do some work to earn the credits, but at the same time I am in Europe and in a few weeks I don’t want to be staring at the Eiffel Tower thinking about that Art History paper I have to write. I am doing everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen by the way because I will not be a happy camper. My ONLY complaint about John Cabot is that I wish they had a curriculum specifically designed for the study abroad students. My classes are a mix between degree-seekers and study abroad students AKA people who will be in Europe for 4 years and can travel in that time and people who are trying to see as much of Europe as they can in 3 1/2 months. I am in no way hating on the degree-seekers, but I am kind of jealous that they have a bunch of time to explore Rome, Italy, and the rest of Europe. I feel awful for complaining because I am lucky enough to spend 3 1/2 months in a beautiful place, but my feelings are still valid even though I’m in Italy.
With that being said, I love it here and am so lucky to be in such an historical city that gives me the opportunity to see something new everyday. I’m going to make the most out of my last month here and try not to stress too much! Because when I look back on this experience, do I want to remember all the hours I spent in the library or the time I spent exploring Europe? (I will more than likely remember the hours I spent in the library and laugh at myself in a few months…) Oh well…
Next stop: SICILY!