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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.

One Month Down.. Not Enough to Go!

Italy Rome, Italy  |  Oct 03, 2013
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I absolutely love keeping countdowns. I always have them going on my phone to give me things to look forward to.. It always helps to know summer's not too far away, or Christmas, or my birthday. The problem is the next huge thing I'm looking forward to is also something I'm coming to dread.. heading home. Not that I wouldn't be excited for that, but I am now one month in and realizing how quickly time can go by without you even realizing it. Pretty strange thing, time.

So much can happen in a single month. I never considered myself to be an outgoing person, but when you decide to go overseas by yourself, that part of you has to make its way out. I've made so many friends from so manydifferent places, and I meet more people every single day. Traveling helps with a lot of that. Whether you're on trips and meeting new people or just getting to know the people you're around every day by telling each other about the places you've been and things you've seen.. you're definitely not hard pressed to try and pay attention. The conversations with people you barely know could go on forever when you're sharing your experiences.

I'm also getting surprisingly better at Italian. That may sound strange that I say "surprisingly" when I'm in Italy and obviously I'll get better.. but I mean even beyond anything I had expected. Although my accent isn't perfect, it's beyond what I would have achieved if I was just taking a language class back in Pennsylvania. And while I feel like I'm very obviously American, I've still had plenty of Italians come up and try to start conversations with me... and graciously try to help me out when I'm carefully putting my short sentences together.

The best part though is that this feels like another home to me. I have a routine of when I go to class or go buy myself food or just have time to explore. I see a lot of the same people when I go into little shops and they greet me with a smile and a nod to show there is recognition. I've gotten so used to relying on body language and gestures to communicate and only partially understanding what people are saying around me. It's amazing how this city can be so different than back home but I feel like I've been here forever and I've always known it. Knowing I have a limited time here, all I want to do is continue to do what I have been doing; learn the culture, be a better communicator, and most importantly, just soak it all in. Being here is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I do not want to waste it. So here's to the next two months!

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