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A photo of a street in Rome. There are many old, European style buildings and cars parked on the side of the road.

I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again here—I am so grateful for the opportunities Dartmouth has provided me with!

This week, I arrived in Rome for my F.I.R.E (Full Immersion in Rome Experience) language study abroad. Although I've only been here for a few days, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the summer! So far, I've moved into an apartment with 7 of my fellow students, explored various neighborhoods throughout the city, visited a few of the most famous sites, and eaten some delicious food!

Our classes start on Monday, and the schedule is a bit different than a typical term in Hanover. On Mondays and Wednesdays, we'll have a drill (a session focusing on conversation and repetition), a language master class, and then drill again in the afternoon. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we'll also have an Italian culture class after the afternoon drill. Although the course will definitely be fast-paced, I know it will be incredibly rewarding! I've noticed that my fellow students and I have already picked up on a lot of vocabulary just from walking around the city, so I know that the immersion aspect will also help our learning process. Additionally, we have an incredible DA (director's assistant) and an Italian intern who will be great resources for speaking practice and general language questions.

Instruction takes place at the Dartmouth College Rome Center, which is located across the Tiber River from our apartments. There's a tram line that cuts down the commute time, but the walk isn't too long. (And even if it was, I don't think I would mind; the city is beautiful!) At the Center, there's a classroom, some offices, and a study/hangout space. It reminds me a bit of the library on campus because it'll be an academic hub but also a social space for the duration of the summer.

Our apartments will also definitely be a great place to socialize! We have balconies to enjoy the weather on, a living room, and a kitchen that I can't wait to use. I really love the way our balcony is set up with plenty of chairs and tables, and I plan on spending a lot of time studying, eating, and hanging out with my friends there. 

My favorite part of being in Rome so far has been wandering around. Just the other day, a few friends and I decided to try and find our way back to our apartment from the Pantheon without using any navigation apps. At one point, we walked around a corner and looked up to see that we had stumbled upon the Colosseum! We got lost a few times after that and definitely extended our travel time, but it was an experience that I'll never forget. 

A photo of the Pantheon at night.
Here of two photos from that wandering walk just after sunset!
A photo of the Trevi Fountain at night.

Keep looking out for my blogs throughout the summer because I'll keep you updated! Some of the activities I'm looking forward to most (and I'm sure I'll write about) are our trips to Florence, Calabria, and Orvinio, a farm-to-table cooking class, and improving my Italian skills.

A presto,


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