Withdrawing to Gain Strength in Orvieto: One Student’s Reflections on a Semester Abroad

Riposo. Read. Run. That was my afternoon routine in between the Benedictine pattern of class in the morning, chapter meeting with my 19 new sisters and brothers, followed by a grand pranzo together in the refectory of an old Italian convent. The shared space that once filled the hearts and stomachs of another near-familial community—the Servite nuns—would … More Withdrawing to Gain Strength in Orvieto: One Student’s Reflections on a Semester Abroad

Metamorphosis

              Last year today I was twenty. I hadn’t seen castles and catacombs. I hadn’t walked in the countryside all night long. I hadn’t stood before terrifying living history, I hadn’t yet vomited beets out of my nose after catching a 24-hour flu along with an entire town, I … More Metamorphosis

Klaipeda

Like many of the other study abroad students, I didn’t know what to expect when I landed in Lithuania. I heard it was going to be cold and it was, but I didn’t really hear much else that would prepare me for what I was about to experience. Talking about something and living through it … More Klaipeda