This kid is going to ROME next semester, Fall 2012, and there have been an exciting amount of meetings so far. And by that, I mean two. But boy were they exciting!
What do we do at these meetings? Well, I am going with the Catholic Studies Rome Program, so we get to sit in the beautiful classrooms of Sitzmann and eat excellent pizza from campus. They have fancy chicken and tomato pizza, it’s the bomb!
We also listen to very nice and smart people from International Education and Catholic Studies who educate us on what to expect, how much everything will cost, what classes we will take, and how much gelato we can afford to consume. They also tell us about dates of travel! In Rome, the semester is a bit later, so we leave at the end of September and get back at the end of January. Myself and two of my best buddies, Megan and Maureen, are hoping to leave EARLY to go to SPAIN to partake in a CAMINO, which is a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. James! How cool would that be?! We are still figuring out logistics…or we will be figuring them out soon. But we’re basically going and it is going to be so awesome!!!! We hike all day with big backpacks and sandals and we sleep in youth hostiles and go to Mass and converse in Spanish and other fantastic things.
This weekend, all of the Fall 2012 study abroad-ers will be having a big Information Party on Saturday morning, and my mom is coming! That will be reassuring seeing as I have a history of booking flights for the wrongs days and leaving my wallet at home…so I am relieved that she will be there. Plus I’ll probably get a free out-to-eat meal out of the visit, which is of course much less awesome than my mom’s presence, but nonetheless always appreciated since I am a poor college student.
I still have to fill out an Italian Visa Application and book a flight, but other than that, the adventure continues on! St. Thomas is excellent at taking care of us as we embark on these foreign seas, so I am not too worried about getting lost in the shuffle or anything. It is a wonderful thing to go to this University!
Meanwhile, Easter Break is just wrapping up and I have about 6 weeks of class left, so I will be happily working and living the joyful life of a Tommie until we meet again. Take care, everyone, and Happy Easter!