This week we went on a group excursion to 4 different cities in Tuscany. This included 2 overnights where we would be staying in hotel rooms together. Before leaving for the trip, we signed up for rooms with who we wanted to live with. Our group ended up only signing up for one night together so we got randomly assigned for the other night. When I initially saw this I was kinda annoyed that they would make us sign up multiple times because its kinda obvious that if we sign up to live with someone for one night then you probably want to live with them for the other. After my initial shock I was actually though harder about what it meant. The two girls I was living with were actually people I know. Now I don't necessarily talk to them everyday but Its not like they are complete strangers. I was also still able to talk to my other friends it just meant we weren't going to be sleeping together. And finally most importantly, i would get to know two people better than I otherwise would. I was excited for the opportunity to get to know them better. I am realizing as the semester goes on that going outside of my comfort zone, while it may initially be nerve-racking, is actually something positive. Doing so allows for me to form more rewarding memories. When I think back on studying abroad I wont be thinking just of the monuments I saw but also the new people I met who otherwise would remain strangers my 6 years at Duquesne.
When we got to the hotel, I headed over to meet with the two other girls so we could get the key. When we got to the room I was relieved to see that our room had 3 single beds rather than 1 twin and a double to share. We ended up staying in the room just talking for an hour and getting ready for dinner. It was nice being able to get to know them better and realize that we have some things in common. The only problem we had was that they both are really into makeup so they spent a lot of time in the bathroom. I realized though, that all I had to do was just speak up and ask if when they had a chance if I could have a turn and they were both more than willing to allow me to.
This experience has allowed me to realize that getting closer to people is not a bad think. In Italian and a lot of European cultures, people greet each other with two kisses on the cheek. If people are willing to accept that as the way to greet each other then I think I can learn to live with some people I normally wouldnt in my own bed. Everty time I venture out with students from my own group, I am opening myself up to accept the Italian culture and of the cities I travel to.
I'm Sabrina Kirsch a sophmore physical therapy student at Duquesne University. I will be spending the spring semester of 2017 in Rome, Italy where I will eat my way through all the gelato and pasta they offer. My goal is to see everything possible and visit as many countries as possible.