The countdown is on. I leave for Rome in less than a week. My program does not start for two weeks, but I am going over early so I can get my bearings before things get hectic with school. I already have most of my clothes packed and am going to spend the next week relaxing and tying up all of my loose ends.
I also learned that I can suspend my cell phone service while I am abroad. This will save me a lot of money as I intend to purchase a pay as you go phone once I arrive in Rome.
Changing topics, all IES participants received their roommate assignments and living arrangements. My apartment is literally a block away from our school which definitely made my day. Also, our apartment is very close to the Castel Sant’Angelo. I specifically remember visiting the Castel Sant’Angelo when I was in Rome about 7 years ago and thinking how beautiful it was – now I’m going to be living across the street from it!
I will be living with two American students and one Italian student. One of American students attends Connecticut College and the other one goes to Seton Hall University. We do not know who the Italian student will be yet. All four of us are going to sign a contract that we are only going to speak Italian in our apartment. I am really excited for this as I will have the opportunity to use Italian in a different context. My goal is to try to master the Italian language as much as I can.
Thanks for reading my blog. The next time I update, I will be in Roma!
Note: This post was originally published on January 20, 2011 in a blog entitled “Romeing Around Europe” which chronicled my study abroad experience.