To say bittersweet would not be doing justice to how I feel about leaving. I have met some of the most incredible people in one of the world’s greatest cities and really never thought I would ever have this opportunity in any part of my life. Looking back I’ve been able to travel to the biggest landmarks in Europe, learn Italian, learn how to travel efficiently, live in Italy for 4 months, learn to cook and experience a completely different lifestyle while soaking up the culture, meeting the locals and making the most of my time in Rome. I am so thankful that my parents and my school made this opportunity available for me and that I was able to spend Thanksgiving with my parents here in Italy when the previous time they traveled outside of North America was on their honeymoon. I have also made some of the greatest friends from all parts of the country that I have spent every weekend/Tuesday night at Karaoke night with. I am soo sad that we won’t be blocks away from each other starting tomorrow.
Studying abroad was definitely a risk to take, especially because of leaving St. Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse for the fall while my team was back in Moraga training their asses off, leaving the comfort of the United States and living in a place where the main language was completely foreign. I have had the best time of my life here and will leave Italy with some of the best memories I could have ever asked for. I am so grateful for this experience, but know that I need to get back to things in Seattle and California, ready to start up the lacrosse season strong and return to my family. I love Italy and definitely will be back to visit the place where I have some of the best memories. Ciao for now Italy, ci vediamo pronto!