Big Adventures Ahead
After months of planning, paperwork, and preparation, it's finally time for me to head to Rome. Honestly, I don't think I'll really believe it until I step off the plane on the other side of the ocean; it doesn't quite feel real yet. I've made my packing lists, bought my plane tickets, and gotten my visa. However, I haven't really sat down and made a list of my goals for my time abroad... until now.
1. I want to speak Italian. I've been studying Italian for 3 semesters now, in hopes that I could continue while abroad. Now I'm signed up for the class, and I'll be in a city full of people who speak the language. I need to be serious about not falling back on English and forcing myself to improve. I think immersion will help that alot.
2. I want to slow down. I'm the guy that's always sprint-walking across campus, rushing everywhere I go. Going abroad should be a great opportunity to take a deep breath and look around, especially since there will be so much to see.
3. I want to understand Italian culture. Just like in the United States, the different regions of Italy have cultural differences that make them unique. I want to get to know Lazio, and I can't wait to go to Calabria to visit family and see where my Nonna grew up. It will be interesting to see where my family came from and understand more about why we are who we are.
4. I want to travel around Europe. I have an excessively long list of places I want to visit while I'm overseas, and I'll probably not be able to visit them all. Let me know where your favorite places were to visit, so I can add them to list or move them further up!
5. I want to meet as many people as possible. This is an incredible opportunity to meet people from all over the world, and I plan on taking advantage of it. I normally keep to myself, but this is a great chance to open up and learn more about other cultures, and even how to communicate across language and cultural barriers.
In general, I really want to use this time abroad to learn more about Italy and grow as a person. I have almost no idea what I'm headed to, so I'm excited to see what this experience will be like!
You can follow my adventures here on my blog, and look at all the photos I take along the way on the Adventures Abroad pages!