Name: Sade Adeyina

Major: Graphic Design

Program: Temple University

Where: Rome, Italy

When: Spring 2009

Favorite Course: Italian I with Cristiano Gentili

Highlight: Meeting so many Italian people

Best Excursion: One week traveling all of Tunisia with Maria Ponce de Leon

Favorite Dish: Cabonara!

Next Destination: Tokyo, Japan!!!!



What did did you learn to love about the culture?

Food. The general attention to detail when it comes to food is amazing! It isn’t about quantity, it’s about quality. There’s nothing like steaming pile of carbonara with a glass of white wine (although red wine would be more appropriate, I don’t like it). Who knew there were that many cheeses in the world?! And if one ever gets to experience what it’s like to walk around the morning markets of Campo di Fiore, there is indeed a fine art in picking out the perfect blood orange. Because there is little to no preservatives and most food is home grown, Italian fruits, vegetable, and just everything tastes so much better there! Granted there are certain things that are a commodity, like marshmallows and peanut butter. Learn to love nutella and all will be well.

How has this experience changed you?

Prior to, I guess I never really had an interest in working abroad. I also had an interest in other cultures but expanding my horizons internationally never occurred to me. But since my return I can’t stop thinking about going back, not just to Rome, but to any other country in the world. My study abroad experience showed that there is so much more in this world that I have never seen and made me realize that I really want to see it.

What is one piece of advice you would pass on to a student who is about to study abroad?

It’s one thing to say you visited a country but a whole other thing to say you’ve lived there. Take the time to get to know the city that you’ve traveled to. Also, your experience is what you make of it. Don’t let your fears of not knowing the language or other things keep you from reaching out and speaking to the native sitting next to you. You never know--a simple conversation, even if it’s filled with a lot of gesturing and nervous laughs-- could open up a whole new set of doors for you.