This week was the start of classes but it was also the first weekend where I could travel throughout Italy. After an exciting orientation period that I wished would never end, it was finally time to start learning again; the real reason that I am in Italy this semester. My favorite thing that I did this week was eating dinner at a table that was half people I already knew and half that I couldn't even remember their names. Every Tuesday and Thursday for dinner we eat off campus somewhere. This Tuesday January 31, we to eat at the old bear. Before dinner however, I have an onsite class where rather than sitting in a classroom for 3 hours, we meet at some point in Rome. This week we met at the Capitoline Hill which was very cool. Once class was over a group of about 15 of us set out on the adventure to figure out where dinner was. Turns out we headed in the wrong direction before we pulled out a map but that’s all part of the experience. When we finally got to the restaurant we ended up having to be split into two tables. The table I ended up at was a table of 8. Two of the people were ones who are physical therapist like me and the rest were ones who I recognized but had never talked to and didn't know their names. When we sat down at the table we did the customary going around the table saying names and eventually later at dinner our majors. While the dinner started out slightly awkward not knowing anyone, it ended up being one of the best dinners I had. The food was great and the conversation never stopped. Because we didn't already know everyone it was interesting being able to get to know one another. We discussed what summer jobs we had, sororities/ fraternities that people are in want to join and at one point the topic of wisdom teeth even came up. No topic was off limits.
this experience has taught me that while I typically try to hang around people I already know, I should avoid that, go out of my comfort zone and talk to new people. I do not regret for one second not trying to force myself to the front of our group so I could try and sit with the people I already knew. While this may not be a situation I would have typically chosen, only been forced into. I now know I will get more out of this trip if I try to meet other students than just focus on those who I came to Italy already knowing.
Now, while I loved going out to eat after class, attempting to get to my 8 am on- site class was super stressful and something that I did not necessarily like. On Thursdays, our class begins at 8:30 am at a random location throughout the city. This week the meeting spot was in front of the metro stop Colleseo (can you guess whats there?). We set out with directions of what we had to do. Get on the 906 in front of school, take it into Boccea, get on the metro, get off the metro at Colleseo, find the exit and stand there. Thats not too complicated. However, as we were standing waiting for the 906, it kept getting later and later than when the app said the bus should be there and it still had not come. We had left an hour and a half early like they said but I was still worried that we would not make it on time. When the bus finally came I let out a huge sigh of relief but could not help look at my watch the whole time. I am someone who loves to be early to everything. 15 minutes early is on time, on time is late, and late is super late. I could not help but think we should have left earlier. When we finally got off the bus we ran to metro and then hopped on. It was so crowded and every stop further it got more so.
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.