It’s over now

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It’s all come to an end. With finals springing up on me comes the realization that it’s over now. The excitement, the relaxation, the change, the fears – it’s all about to become a thing of the past. A Once upon a time. But this is a good thing. I’ve grown, I’ve learned and I’ve done my best to soak up my surroundings like a sponge. As you watch my vlog, I hope I am able to give you a …

How does politics work exactly?

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Although I am not taking a politics course this semester, I have a deep personal interest in politics and I wanted to figure out where to place Italian politics. This was my motivation for this vlog post. The end result was quite different actually, I ended up realizing that politics in all the places I’ve lived in is quite similar. The details are vastly different, but all over the world, people start out with a great sense of optimism and …

The Black Men of IES Roma: a personal reflection

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Editing my vlog took a ton of time, but interviewing Massimo, Jawaun and Joe was a ton of fun, and very enlightening. My aim with my vlog was simply to give them a voice. Shockingly, they represent 100% of the black male population at my program – students and staff included, yet both Jawun and Joe go to Amherst College. I would say about 7% of the students at my program identify as black, in comparison to Amherst’s 13%. There’s …

Why Immigration?

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I’ve just completed my fourth week of classes, and I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of Italian politics. My Advent of Christianity course, taught by a Professor of Archaeology, gives me some understanding of the Roman Empire at its prime, which I find fascinating because of its modernity in philosophy of power. Rome, therefore, having such a rich and long history to it, has a long winded and complicated political scene. There is much more to know than a life …

Study Abroad 101

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It’s not even been a week yet and I already have a ton to say. That’s been study abroad for me so far; full. I’m hoping you’ll join me on this journey. Usually when I ask people to journey with me through my speech or writing, I have a destination in mind, but this time I’m on the journey too, and I have no idea where it leads. The purpose of my blog is to let you see study abroad …