Before I left for Ariccia I was honestly beyond nervous about what was to come. I had never been to another country, let alone lived in another country ever in my life. The thought of leaving my family, friends, and Auburn made me so uneasy. Little did I know, Ariccia would become a second home to me so quickly. I have made friends in this program that I know will be in my life for years to come. The locals have welcomed us with open arms. One of our first nights going out for dinner the restaurant owner provided us with various free appetizers and took his time to really communicate with us despite the language barriers. Another owner of a local business has offered to show us around and his wife has given us countless suggestions for things to do and places to eat in Europe. They really want us to feel welcome and comfortable here.
The teachers push us to strive for success, and they do it in very interesting ways. The curriculum here is unlike anything I have ever experienced. It is interactive and more than just history, math, or science lessons. We even have a wine history class, followed by a wine tasting with lessons on how wine can be incorporated in the professional world. Another very unique class we have is cooking. I’m not known to be a great chef, so I cannot wait to use the skills from this class in life back home. We have lessons about everything going on in Italy and around the world. This program promotes so much self-growth– professionally and personally. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I’m forever grateful for this amazing opportunity and the people I have met along the way. I feel the love and acceptance from the people in this town, and I cannot wait for the culture and the beautiful sights I will get to experience in all of the upcoming weeks. All of my worries have been washed away and I get to focus on completely living in the present. Ariccia if I had to pick a second home you would definitely be it!