James Webb – Perugia, Italy

I am studying abroad in Perugia, Italy.  For those of you that don’t know about it, it’s a relatively small college town located in between Rome and Florence.  I chose to study here for a few reasons, mainly because my dad is very Italian and I have some family a little bit south of there that I am hoping to visit.  I also love Italian food and want to learn about my Italian ancestry.  I am really excited to meet and interact with people from a different culture.  One quote that sticks out to me by Edward E. Ford states, “Meeting someone for the first time is like going on the treasure hunt.  What wonderful worlds we can find in others!”  This really resonates with me because I feel like the different experiences people bring with them really change how they perceive the world.

I also chose to study abroad to get the experience of a life time.
I love to travel and to get outside my comfort zone and I felt like there was no better way to do this than by studying abroad.  I also like to experience new things and I knew
that spending only a week or two in a country would only allow me to skim the surface of it and a whole semester would allow me to really delve deeply into the different culture.

I think my growing knowledge of traditional rites of passage might help me see the rite of passage that I am currently going through more clearly.  Studying abroad is defiantly a big milestone in itself, you are living in a new country, learning a new language, and experiencing a different culture.  Hopefully this growing knowledge will allow me to see myself going through my own rite of passage.YosemiteTrip, Spring2016

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