"This is not the end, but a beginning"
December 14, 2014
Blogger: Lisa Chang
Fall semester has come to end, and with finals winding down, my time in Rome is also coming to a close. I cannot begin to recount all the amazing experiences, lessons, and cultural encounters I have had this semester. But instead of being one of those annoying individuals who can't seem to stop ranting and raving about their experiences abroad, allow me instead to end this semester with some closing thoughts of reflection.
As I start to pack my bags back home, I am reminded of the quote, "This is not the end, but a beginning." Studying abroad in Rome has not only exposed me to a different culture, but also prepared me for more intercultural experiences and adventures in the future.
After learning to be semi-independent (navigating the crazy public transportation in Rome, cooking for myself for a long period time, planning my travels around Europe, learning a foreign language, etc), I feel that the skills and experiences I have accumulated in Rome will definitely help me in adjusting to and thriving in other foreign settings in the future. Before this semester, I probably couldn't even begin to give you of an idea of what I would like to do after I graduate from college. However, my plans after graduation are beginning to take form, thanks to the expanded perspectives and horizons from studying abroad.
While I am extremely excited to return to Oxy and to the comfort of my home in California, I know I will also miss Rome tremendously. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, one that has shaped me as an individual, and equipped me as a citizen ready for diverse encounters. With a greater sense of my identity and strengths, I am ready to bring these experiences and skills back to Oxy and apply them in my studies, in my extracurricular activities, and in my relationships. Arrivederci, Roma. Grazie mille per tutto!
By the way, here's a video I made about my typical day in Rome, if you're interested. Enjoy!