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Finally Done with Finals

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     Finals week is always stressful for everyone, but it can be even harder in a foreign city. It feels almost impossible to muster up any motivation to study when all I want to do is spend my last week freely in Rome before I have to leave. However, the finals could not be stopped: a ten minute oral presentation in Italian, three lengthy exams, and an eight page paper were all impending doom. My biggest suggestions would be:

  1. Find people to study with, meaning people who will really help you study, not distract you. I don’t think I would have made it through finals without the help and motivation from my friends. We are all in it together.
  2. Study in fun places so you can get work done while also enjoying the city. I like to find a cute new caffe somewhere in the city, bring my computer, and get a cappuccino and maybe a snack. If it’s nice outside, go to a park. Villa Borghese or the Giardino degli Aranci are great spots to enjoy the outdoors in Rome while simultaneously cracking open a book.
  3. Take breaks! You deserve to give yourself some rest every once in awhile when you study. Go grab some gelato or an arancina to reward yourself for your hard work.

     I just finished my last final today; I survived and so will you! It seems unreal that my time in Rome is coming to a close so soon. On one hand, I feel like I’ve been here forever and Rome feels like my home, but on the other hand, I feel like I just stepped off the plane onto Italian soil yesterday. I am definitely not ready to leave and I wish I had more time. Studying in Rome has, without a doubt, been the most incredible experience of my life. Living abroad has taken me out of my comfort zone many times and I am eternally grateful for that because that is where all of the magic happens! I will never forget the amazing places I have seen, the incredible people I have met, and I’m hoping I can hold on to as much Italian language as possible! Although I am sad to leave Rome, I am excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

     After Rome, I will be going to Sicily for a week with some friends to relax and soak up some sun after finals. Then, I will be headed to Hamburg, Germany to visit my friend, Wiebke, for a week. Finally, Wiebke and I will spend the weekend in Berlin before flying back to the states together. As much as I look forward to visiting these new places, I know I am going to miss Rome most of all. Roma has truly been the ride of a lifetime and this city will always have a special place in my heart.

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The last few weeks of the semester…

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In Ttalian Theater class during one of the last classes, discussing  Filumena Marturano

In Italian Theater class during one of the last classes discussing Filumena Marturano.

One of the last on-site classes for sketchbook in Rme was right around the corner from school.

One of the last on-site classes for Sketchbook in Rome was right around the corner from school.

Students in the sketchbook class really improved throughout the semester

Students in the Sketchbook class really improved throughout the semester.

Art show at local bar Circolo degli Artisti in Rome, Temple Rome had a room of art students.

Art show at a local bar, Circolo degli Artisti, in Rome.  Temple Rome had a room full of art students.

Temple Rome art student who participated in the are show.

Temple Rome art student who participated in the art show.

Byron Wolfe, Professor at Temple Tyler School of Art came to Temple Rome for a vist.

Byron Wolfe, Professor at Temple Tyler School of Art, came to Temple Rome for a visit.

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What was left of the end of the semester student show in the Temple Rome gallery.

What was left of the end-of-the semester student show in the Temple Rome gallery.

Students in the Library studying for their finals

Students in the library studying for their finals.

Finals critiques for the sculpture class.

Finals critiques for the Sculpture class.

My roommate and I studying for finals at a cafe.

My roommate and I studying for finals at a cafe.