It’s been a whole year since my excursion to the eternal city. As this school year comes to a close, I can’t help but reflect on how different my life is from what it was just 365 days ago. And not only how different my life is, but how different I am. Traveling the world changes you in a way that I can’t explain until you do it for yourself. From the tiniest things like bus schedules, to the big things such as knowing who you truly are and who you want to be as a person.IMG_7295

I’ve been pondering on what to write about the city of Rome and my time abroad and the only thing that I can really come up with is…

Progress… constantly evolving. Roma.. the eternal city. Thousands of years of history and transformation… to wind up where we are today. Who we are today. Not forgetting our past, but honoring it. The good and the bad. Because our past and actions shape who we are and who we become.

I can honestly say that through traveling… seeing other cultures, experiencing other people, trying to navigate my way through a country where I know very little of the language, packing lightly… and I mean for 4 days in a backpack kind of lightly, eating pizza, pasta and more pizza every day… I know myself a little better. I think we are constantly searching for ourselves and what will make us happy, but often neglect to appreciate the present. I know I am guilty of this myself.

My experience in Rome was like a whirlwind. By the time it was over and I was back home, I didn’t even know what had happened, nor did I realize the impact my travels abroad had on me. But, I have now had a year to think it over and begin to grasp all the “progress” I have made because of studying abroad.

So I just have to say, thank you Roma for teaching me all of this. Thank you for making me understand a bit better about who I am and who I want to become and for changing my life forever. IMG_7418

And I’m missing you (Roma) a little extra today.