Rome Day 17: Goodbye Rome

Hi everyone and welcome back to my final post of Rome content!

As many of you know, I have shared each day of my trip, but this content is going to be a little bit different. 

For my last post, I just wanted to reflect on my journey to Italy as a whole and share with you my final thoughts and feelings about my experience. 

Biggest thing that I want to share, especially for any fellow students, if you have the chance to study abroad, DO IT! Even if you aren’t able to do a full semester abroad, consider doing a class over J-term (winter break) or a summer course. It is well worth it, and such a good experience to have. Not only are you able to spend time in a new environment, meet new people, and try new things, but there is so much more. The biggest thing that I recognized for myself was that I was able to push my limits, and really explore outside of my comfort zone. 

Study abroad really is great because you are able to learn so much new information in really fun and exciting ways. These opportunities come during your course, other activities, and school-related projects, but you are also free to explore and immerse yourself in a new culture that you may otherwise not have the opportunity. 

With that being said, my favorite part of this trip was that in general I was able to learn a lot of new information about Rome, visit amazingly beautiful historical sites/places, see a lot of great art and architecture, and learn more about the culture of people who live there! This was all a really a great experience, but honestly there was something on this trip that exceeded all of my expectations. 

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have learned a lot about myself, the person I am, where I want to be, and my goals for my future. I have had a lot of time to think and reflect, considering the plane, bus and train rides, but also just exploring the city and seeing how other people live and interact with others. 

My trip has been very inspiring, and I am feeling very motivated to reach my goals that I have set, but also simple changes that I want to make in my life. Although I was sad to leave such a beautiful city, I am excited to get back home and start pushing myself further than I have ever before, and really bust out of my comfort zone. 

Classes start this coming Monday, for my second semester of junior year, and I am very ready. I am feeling refreshed and ready to work toward my fullest potential. I have many goals regarding coursework and things like that, but my main goal is simply to really focus on things and try my absolute hardest. 

A lot of things will be changing for me over the next year, and I have a lot of different decisions to make, but I am excited to accept the challenges that are ahead of me. I am really grateful because I have super great friends and a family that is unbelievably supportive, and I know that I will be able to handle whatever life throws at me. 

Thank you all for coming with me on my Italian Adventure, and the support you have all given me. It really means a lot!

2019 is going to be a good year, and I am so excited to see where life takes me! 

Follow along with me on this crazy journey of life…

If you have any ideas that you would like to see me post about, let me know in a comment below! 

I am very excited for the new year, and where my blog takes me as well.

Again, a lot is changing, but it is going to be great! 

A word that I am drawn to for 2019 is: UNSTOPPABLE

What’s yours?

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