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Spotlight: The Rome Center

Traveling from Dayton, Ohio, to study abroad through the First-Year Experience in Rome alongside eighteen rising sophomores was an adventure of a lifetime. My expectations of the studying abroad was that I would be completely immersed into Italy’s culture with fellow Catholic University students by my side. Before even applying to the program, I was highly encouraged to travel to Italy by my fellow classmates who … Continue reading Spotlight: The Rome Center

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Melbourne Reflections

I can’t believe that after four months, my time in Melbourne is coming to an end. I remember the first day when I landed at the airport and moved into my apartment as if it were yesterday, and in a couple of weeks I will be doing that same 26-hour traveling experience all over again. These past four months have been some of the best of … Continue reading Melbourne Reflections

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Taking on New Zealand

One unique aspect of studying nursing at Catholic University is that our students have the opportunity to study abroad! Hear about Alexis’s nursing classes at The Catholic University of Australia and catch up on her recent adventures! Nursing classes in Australia are a bit different from my classes in the U.S. Each class is only once a week, but it is a two hour lecture … Continue reading Taking on New Zealand

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Swapping Zucchettos with Pope Francis

Last semester, I was lucky enough to study abroad at Catholic University’s Rome Center in the Eternal City. Towards the end of my four months in this historic place, I had the opportunity to attend a Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis. In preparation for this event, I stopped by Barbiconi, an ecclesiastical tailor near the Pantheon, to pick up a white … Continue reading Swapping Zucchettos with Pope Francis

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Virginia, ¿americana o madrileña?

Hello again from Madrid! Since my last update, I’ve explored more of Madrid, traveled to Salamanca, and most recently trained to Lisbon, Portugal. We had some spectacular spring weather for a little while here in Madrid, so I was outside practically all day everyday, and so was every other madrileño (Spanish for ‘people from Madrid’) and tourist visiting this city. It was magical. One weekend … Continue reading Virginia, ¿americana o madrileña?

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Hong Kong is Re-Engineering the Engineer in Me

Remember that scene in The Parent Trap when Hallie arrives in London and she has her head out the car window as she passes iconic sites while There She Goes plays in the background? Yes, I know you do! Well, this is the first thought that comes to my mind when attempting to put into words what studying abroad has felt like to me. I … Continue reading Hong Kong is Re-Engineering the Engineer in Me