Throughout this trip we have learned many things about the history, wine, and food of Italy. Our lectures are always very interesting and fun because after we learn about a topic in class, we get to go see it firsthand as a class. This is my favorite part of the program because we get to learn about things up close and personal and experience everything the way it was meant to be experienced; in real life -Not just through pictures and PowerPoints. Another thing I love about the program’s field trips is that through them we gain actual life experience. I believe this is the best thing anyone could gain from this trip. It is a skill we can use forever. I remember when we took our first trip to Rome learning about all the trains and metro stations, it seemed impossible to memorize. After a couple days we surprisingly mastered it and when we took our first trip out of Rome to Interlaken, Switzerland, we had no problem getting around and we were much more confident in our navigation skills. From starting out this trip knowing nothing and no one to making 14 new best friends and finally knowing how to order a sandwich from the deli, this trip can be beyond rewarding. Sometimes on the weekends I can’t believe this is actually my life. For instance, so far we’ve been to the blue grotto in Capri, hired a private boat in Positano, and the next weekend I was in Switzerland hang gliding and kayaking. I never thought I would spend my junior year going to a different country every weekend, meeting people from all over the world, actually knowing my way around Rome, and conquering my fear of heights by hang gliding. No doubt this has been the most unreal and rewarding experience of my life and luckily it’s not even halfway over yet.
“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya
– Jessica McCormack