Welcome to a brand new semester of Italy Intensives! Our family of 22 new students met with seven faculty and staff in Rome early Monday morning to begin our three-month adventure!
On Tuesday, we toured the beautiful Vatican Museums, seeing the Sistine Chapel ceiling and finally ending in St Peter’s Basilica. The next day, our history teacher Ryan led us on a tour of the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forums. That evening, we shared a beautiful panorama of the city from the Gianicolo Gardens in Trastavere, across the river, and got a chance to see out over all of the places we had visited. We finished with a perfect dinner accompanied by some authentic Italian music!
Here are some of the students’ thoughts so far:
“Italy is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and it has only been four days. Rome was absolutely breathtaking. I can’t believe I met most of the students this week and we already feel like a family.” – Allie Donnenwirth
“Wow. It’s only been four days? Already this has been an amazing experience!” – Katie Chapman
“Having a group of fantastic people to accompany each other in new adventures has made the experience very exciting.” – Connor Colvill
“While I knew Italy would be beautiful, it has been even better than I expected.” – Morgan Harvey
“My favorite thing so far was the Colosseum. Thinking about the history inside of it and getting to walk where gladiators walked was very powerful.” – Kaitlyn Wallace
“My favorite part of Rome was always having dinner together and getting closer with everyone.” – Shelby Paschal
“I was positively blown away by the architecture in general, and the Sistine Chapel rendered me speechless.” – Jordan Thomas
“My favorite part so far was meeting everyone and bonding as a group. Within just a few days I knew I met friend that would last long after the few months of this program.” – Denay Hayden