Going into college, I knew that I could not let myself graduate without studying abroad. Everyone that I talked to before coming to Auburn said they had either studied abroad and had the most amazing experience, or had not and regretted it. When I signed up for the JSB program at Camp War Eagle I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t research the program, I was not even sure of the minor that it would give me, all I heard was “Summer in Rome” and immediately knew that I needed to sign up.
Fast forward 2 years, and here I am. This short month that I have spent in Ariccia has changed my life completely, and this group has changed my life completely. Coming into the palace I was unsure of what to think. I felt like most of the students knew each other already, and I was intimidated. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Every single student on this trip is so special and genuine, everyone makes an effort to be friends with every single person. Having all of these different and unique friendships is something that has played a huge part in making this experience so amazing.
In addition to that, being able travel all over Europe is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. There is so much culture and history everywhere I look. From the Roman ruins to the Vatican City, it is amazing to think that you are walking in some of the same places that various famous rulers, popes, artists, and many more once walked on. Every single field trip that we go on and sight that we see gets more amazing. My camera is full of pictures from every single place that we have traveled, in the hopes that I will capture enough of them to be able to relive this experience through the photos once I return home. Although, it’s not going to be easy to make me leave this wonderful place.