Valeria Garnica is the official program blogger for the Rome program in Italy in the Spring 2019. The program has concluded and Valeria wraps up her blog series with reflections on the program overall, what she learned while abroad and learning a new language.
Well, let’s start with this: I stayed. Yes, I stayed. I’m still in Rome and I never want to leave. After three wonderful months with the SBCC Study Abroad program, I stayed and it is the best decision that I have ever made.
|Villa Borghese with friends|
The “Accent Center” (our SBCC campus in Rome) and its staff have given me a home, and a family. They are my point of contact and my greatest resource. Since my arrival, they have provided myself and our fellow California students with aid, comfort and most importantly, with a safe and rich experience. Even though I am not officially one of their students anymore, they continue to give me all the support in the world, insuring me that I am most definitely not alone.
Now it is summertime and I see Rome with new eyes, and I feel it with new skin. I attend an Italian Language school and live in a new home with new friends. However, I will never forget the experience I had with my American school in this city. I will never forget the ups or the downs and one thing is for sure, I will never be deprived of the educational experience that I was gifted with. Not only personally, but also academically.
|Italian Food is so good!|
I thank the SBCC Study Abroad program for making me a more well-rounded person and student. I look at myself now, in relation to four months ago, and I am a new person. I am competent, I am sure of myself, I am worldly and I am more “me” than ever before.
|Rome after the rain|
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