This winter, three of our lovely juniors are studying abroad in Rome, Italy. We decided to check in with them to see how they are doing and hear all about their exciting European adventures!
Name: Jennifer Barsanti
Major: Psychology with an Italian Studies minor
Hi phis! While in Rome I am studying through IES and taking classes like Italian, International Relations, Religion, and Economics. The best part is that they all count for SCU credits, yay! I have always loved Rome, and I heard wonderful things about this program from past students. My original plan was to go abroad in the fall. When I didn't get in I was really bummed, but now I'd recommend going abroad in the winter to anyone. The weather is nice and the sites aren't crowded at all, which is definitely a bonus! I have plans to do lots of traveling while I'm here. I've already been to Pompeii, Napoli, and Amalfi. This weekend I'm off to Paris, which I’m very excited about. Also in the short time I’ve been here, I LEARNED HOW TO COOK!! One day I just went to store, bought a bunch of ingredients, and went for it! It actually turned out well (see above picture). What I miss most about not being at SCU this quarter is all of my friends, but I know we're all doing great things, wherever we are J. A piece of advice I have for future study abroad students is to JUST SAY YES. Even if your friend just asks you, "Hey, do you want to walk to the grocery store?", JUST DO IT. Take advantage of every experience and opportunity. You never know what you'll stumble upon.
Name: Lauren Bigelow
Major: Communication with a Business Entrepreneurship minor.
Hey everyone! Just like Jen, I am spending the quarter studying in Rome through the IES program. Our school is right across from the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and St. Angelo castle, which is crazy. I get to see these historical monuments just on my walk to class. I chose to study abroad in Rome because it's a location that is easily accessible to other countries and cities that I can’t wait to travel to. It also is full of its own history and beautiful landscapes. While abroad I am most looking forward to my travel plans. Countries that are high on the list are Morocco, Sweden, Greece and Israel. Although we haven’t been here that long, we've already seen a lot a really fabulous parts of Rome and it's neighboring cities. This weekend for example, we were in Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento. So far, it's just been a really great experience- I didn't realize Rome was so gorgeous. Although I miss my friends and Phis back at Santa Clara I can’t wait to see what the rest of my time abroad has in store! AOE
Name: Chandler Lowe
Major: Communication with an Ethnic Studies minor
Hey there! This quarter I am also in the Rome IES program like my fellow Alpha Phis. I knew when applying to study abroad that Italy was the place for me! I loved the "American" version of Italian food already so I figured that the real deal would be even better! (And it is J) Also, I wanted to experience the history here and enjoy seeing a new part of the world, I had never been to Europe before! It's also a great opportunity to travel around Europe and see the other amazing places and people. Besides exploring around Rome, our program has taken us to Pompeii and Naples for some tours. In Pompeii we were served lunch and visited a fantastic vineyard right below Mt. Vesuvius. Of course the biggest part of SCU that I've been missing is my amazing A Phi friends and sisters. But it makes me even more excited for my return spring quarter! My only advice to my sisters who hope to study abroad is to enjoy every second of every experience you have. We've had some minor frustrations here and there, but they all have become great learning experiences in the end. Ciao and AOE
Thanks ladies, we hope you are having a blast! We miss you but can't wait to hear all about your time abroad when you return in the spring!