Midterms. Midterms are always a horrible experience but somehow being in Rome they are worse. One of the things that I dislkied the most this week was the fact that I passed up going to the papal audience to stay at school and study. While initially I was really excited and looking forward to going to the papal audience, once I started studying for exams I soon realized that I wasnt sure if I could spare 7 hours with an exam later that afternoon. I made the tough decision to not go. While I spent the whole morning studying and preparing as best I could for my exams, the second everyone who went came back I soon relized the mistake I had made. I passed up going to see the pope and have things blessed by him so that I could study. So I could study the material I already felt mostly confident in. While this was a tough decision I learned that I made the wrong one and looking back on this day it is one of the oens that I am most dissatisfied with.
Experiencing this has made me learn that while school will always be important, it doesnt always mean that I have to pass up doing things. Sometimes, going to see thenpope may just be more important. This concept of school doesnt always come first is a tough one for me but I understand that in order to make the most of being in Rome I may have to make some compromises. While I wil always look back on this day that I dislike, I have taught myself a valuable lesson and will learn from it for the future.
However, one of the things that ai enjoyed the most was travelling this weekend to Barcelona. I traveled with 8 other girls and we ended up not really planning much of anything besides our plane and where to stay. Most of us only knew about one or two things that Barcelona offered which really would only take a couple hours. We were there for 3 days. Normally when I travel, I travel with a schedule of events to do that day with a little bit of free time to allow for things we may discover. This type of travelling was completely different for me. However, I ended up really enjoying it because it allowed for us to just wander and see where we end up. We didnt have any set appointments to make but rather just making sure we were all pleased with what we did that day. We ended up spending most of one of the days walking around through parks and random streets, taking photos, and wandering in and out of stores. It was a blast despite the fact it was pouring rain and we were soaked.
While I am typically someone who has a strong preference for a schedule, especially with a large group of people, I am learning that sometimes it is not the most important thing. It is instead making new experiences that I can look back on in the future. I enjoyed this event the most because it has allowed me to realize how I have changed since coming to Rome. Back when we went to Florence and our schedule got messed up, it really bothered me. Now, not having a schedule only slows me down slightly. Hopefully, as the trip progresses, I can get to the point that I do not need a schedule at all and it doesn't slow me down at all.
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.