Linda Smith, Contributing Writer
The fall Rome class of 2013 has been settling in: learning how to catch the right metro train and Cotral bus back to Due Santi, finding the best gelaterias (right in front of the Pantheon, in this writer’s humble opinion) and keeping up with Lit Trad III reading and Art and Arch terminology.
Despite becoming more accustomed to the area, the Romers have discovered that the Rome semester is always full of surprises. In addition to providing a new locale for higher education, the semester provides new friends, experiences and opportunities at every turn.
“The biggest thing is living in a place that is all ancient history,” sophomore Codie Barry said. “Everything is old and important, and it is surreal to be walking the same streets as emperors and artists and popes. Also … the random tombs are pretty awesome. Like, ‘Oh, look, Raphael is buried over there.’ No big deal.”
Sophomore Erin Begle, on her first trip out of the United States, has found everything about Rome “entirely new,” especially “the food, the people, the culture and the food, again.”
“This is the first time I have ever been out of the country, so even the idea of carrying around a passport is foreign to me,” Begle said.
Students making travel plans and thinking about the impending Greece trip are looking forward to what they will experience at each location.
Barry said she is excited to see Budapest because it’s a beautiful, overlooked city. And Greece? She’s looking forward “to the Parthenon as well as the Athens Museum of Archaeology.”
All Romers hope to experience their semester to the fullest.
“There are so many levels to every culture, and each level presents a new, characteristic story or aspect that you can’t experience until you explore it individually,” said Begle. “Whether that be a specific area of a town, or a specific group of people, there are always new things to dive into, which is what I plan to do here in Rome and everywhere that I travel this semester.”
While students are settling into a routine at Due Santi, they hope to take as much advantage as possible of the many opportunities offered to them off campus.
“I think the culture is so different [that] it will always seem new,” Barry said. “There is so much to do that it could never get old. I didn’t think I would get so attached to Rome, but in the short time [that] we have been here, I can’t think about leaving without feeling really sad … I adore this city.”