Maria Londino is a Duquesne University (’13) alumni with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communication and a minor in Public Relations and Advertising. She is currently a Content Manager at an advertising agency where she writes original content for blog posts as well as social media. Maria has a passion for writing and continues to learn new ways to enhance her craft every day.
Perhaps right now you’re sitting in class reading this blog when you should be listening to a lecture or at your job while you should be working. However, wherever you may be, our minds always seem to wander to other things when we should be doing something else.
Though my college years have passed, I can say without hesitation that the decision not to study abroad was one of my biggest regrets.
Studying abroad allows a person to visit historic landmarks, mix themselves into a new culture and fit in valuable classroom time to round out the experience of residing in another country for an entire semester.
Many students choose to spend their semester overseas in Rome, the capital of Italy, that is home to the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, to name a few of the popular historical attractions.
While in Rome, there is a variety of transportation options that you can use to navigate your way through the city. You can either take a cab or if you are feeling a little adventurous, a Vespa, or you can choose to go the more traditional route by lacing up your tennis shoes and walking the streets of Rome.
Many people say that walking is the best and most reliable way to sightsee in the city.
While walking the crowded streets, you get the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the culture. You’ll walk past storefronts where the aroma of fresh bread will fill the air, by a local craftsman creating a masterpiece made of handmade leather or a gelato shop where these indulgent sweet treats fill refrigerated cases just waiting to be eaten by hungry passersby.
Furthermore, Rome, otherwise known as the Eternal City, has a long history of restored ruins from the great Roman Empire, churches and monuments to visit. The city is filled with a deep history that goes back centuries which gives tourists a glimpse into the city’s storied past.
“Travel and change of place import new vigor to the mind.”- Seneca
I found this quote to be very intriguing and it speaks volumes to the idea of studying abroad. Although I never had the opportunity to study in Rome, for those who are on the fence of whether or not to make the decision of studying abroad, think of this quote. Travel and a change of environment both offer people a chance to recharge and experience other cultures that have the potential to invigorate the soul.
So, take a chance, pack your bags and experience another culture firsthand, after all, there aren’t enough Instagram filters in the world that can capture the true magnificence of Rome, Italy.