SarahNanovic's Travel Journals

SarahNanovic

  • 24 years old
  • From Pennsylvania, United States
  • Currently in Rome, Italy

Sarah Goes To Rome!

Starting at the end of August, I'll be spending my Fall 2013 semester studying abroad at the American University of Rome. I've never been overseas and hope to go many new places, have incredible adventures, learn fascinating new things, and of course, write all about it here. Make sure to check in and share these incredible new experiences with me.

Home Again

United States Pennsylvania, United States  |  Dec 20, 2013
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Today marks one week since I've been home and yet it still feels weird to say that. I'm home. Over the past week I've had the time to adjust  to being back, but it'll probably take me a lot more time to adjust to the idea that I'm not going back to Rome.. not for a long while anyway. That makes sense I suppose. After all, it's a strange thing to realize that after a semester of traveling through Europe and becoming accustomed to a new culture and a new place that you're going back to what you've always know. I learned so much in such a short amount of time. At the beginning, as excited as I was, I still had an unending amount of nerves. I'd never been away from home for that long, I'd never traveled by myself, and I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. Now, looking back, I realize just how much more of an independent person I've become and how lucky I am to have gotten the opportunity to realize that in such a grand, marvelous way.

It's good to have nerves though. My nerves are what kept me going for the first bit of the trip. Yes, I was as nervous as ever, but those nerves were tangled with excitement at all of the possibilities. Every feeling of nerves throughout the semester typically led to a great new adventure. It was a brand new way to look at things and one I'm sure I'll appreciate the next time I have the opportunity to take part in a new experience.

Actually, one of the weirdest parts about being home is having the same kinds of experiences as I always have. I go to the same places to hang out, eat at the same places, and sleep in the same bed every night. It's a great feeling in a way because these are all of the things I've missed when I was in Europe, but at the same time, I've become so accustomed to new things that going back to the old just feels like a dream. It's strange to realize that all of these things have stayed the same while it feels like I have seen and changed so much. Strange as it is, it's comforting to come back and order my buffalo chicken pizza on the weekends and hang out in my house watching movies with my friends.

The difference is now I have so much more to talk about. I feel like I'll never want to stop talking about it. I can't wait to go back to school and tell all of my stories, and possibly help out others who want the same kind of experiences. It'll keep me going until I get my next chance to travel.. which will hopefully be soon. Anyone who gets the chance to study abroad needs to take that chance. Forget about your fears and worries about it... just take the chance and go for it. You won't regret it. You'll just want more.

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