Christopher spent a Semester in Rome, exploring his
Catholic faith and learning about the roots of Roman
Major: Economics/Government and Politics
Global Studies Program: Rome Semester
What is your background?
I was born in West Palm Beach Florida and was brought up in an
Italian Catholic family. Before studying abroad, I had never been
to Europe; the farthest I had been from the US was the
Why did you decide to study abroad?
I had never been to Italy and saw it as a great opportunity to
experience the culture. My personal religious beliefs also
made studying abroad in Rome very appealing to me. I also wanted to
get a different continent's perspective on life.
What appealed to you about the particular program
The rich history of Rome was enticing. I have always had a
slight fascination with Roman Civilization. I needed to put on a
few pounds so I figured I would go to the country with the world's
best food and be entertained by the most intriguing stories and
architecture while I ate. Food for the mind and the
What did you like best about studying
The freedom was exhausting at times. Sometimes we would argue
over whether it was more appropriate to travel to Paris or
Barcelona for a weekend. What a dilemma! Along with the freedom to
travel on the weekends, I formed some great lasting relationships
with other students.
What was your most memorable experience?
One weekend a group of us went north to Cinque Terre-a
sequestered beauty in the rough. We hiked the five towns on the
coast of the Mediterranean and on our way stopped and ate at the
local restaurants. I felt like I was in a different era. In the
middle of our adventure it started to rain and we had to hike
through the wetness. The best part about the entire trip was
swimming in the turquoise Mediterranean Sea after arriving at the
last town. It was probably the most refreshing thing I had ever
How has the study abroad experience affected you now
that you are back in NY?
Funnily enough, I have always hated standing in lines. However,
after spending time in Italy, I now know that millions of people in
this world simply don’t mind it; if it is good enough for them it
is good enough for me. Thank you Romans and fellow
Would you recommend studying abroad to a
Since I’ve come back from Rome, I’ve been telling everyone how
great and worthwhile my experience was!