The idea of studying abroad had always made me a little nervous and was never something that I had seriously considered but when I read about the Math in Rome program it sounded perfect. And it was! This trip was so far beyond anything that I would have been able to experience simply as a tourist in Rome.
One of the things I loved most about the trip was the way we were able to get a glimpse of what living life in Rome is really like. We didn’t just live in university housing or just among other students but we lived in real apartments amongst other Italian families and the street we lived on really began to feel like home.
Throughout the five weeks I was in Italy I experienced so much. I was able to explore and really get to know the city of Rome but also had the opportunity to travel to many other places in Italy. As part of the program we took a week long excursion to Pisa, Vinci, and Florence. Additionally, all of our weekends were free for us to spend how we wanted and we frequently took advantage of those opportunities to explore other parts of Italy. I got to try a lot of different kinds of Italian food and even participated in a cooking class run by a restaurant near my apartment. I have countless memories of my many adventures in Italy and made a lot of really great friends.
The Math in Rome program really was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone. I cannot wait until I am able to return to Rome!
Katie is a senior at UCSD (Warren College) studying probability & statistics. She participated in Math in Rome 2010.
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