Earlier this month I wrote a post about being in between, that is, stuck between adventures. Soon I will be boarding a plane and flying across the Atlantic to live in Rome for 4 months! It’s crazy, I remember applying to UD and thinking that the Rome semester seemed so far off. Now, it’s nearly upon me and I’m struggling to prepare myself in every way possible. Although it will be a time full of new experiences and possible new risks, I’m ready to face down the coming months of travel and learning and exploration with my whole heart.
The past year has been, as I said previously, something of a mixed bag, both for personal growth and external learning experiences that have shaped me as a person. I’ve broken myself into the university lifestyle, that is, studying hard for good grades, rather than letting myself get distracted in daydreams and social life that college campuses offer. I’ve also learned how rewarding it is to dedicate myself to art projects and homework to best improve my understanding of visual perceptions, perspective, and proportions. This semester has greatly sharpened my mind in that respect, and I can’t wait to apply those skills in my travel sketchbook that I’m planning to use in Europe. I hope I can implement what I’ve learned to draw the great domes and arches that are abundant in the Eternal City.
Right now, I hope to use the rest of my holiday to read some of my favorite books and stories that friends and family have recommended, as well as watch some classics set in Europe or Rome. To name a few:
- Quo Vadis
- The Robe
- The Scarlet and the Black
- The Agony and the Ecstasy
- Spartacus (the one with Kirk Douglas)
- The Marble Faun by Nathanial Hawthorne
- Phantom by Susan Kay
- Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace (a perfect read for a girl traveling abroad and finding inspiration for writing)
Those are the ones I can recall off the top of my head, but there’s so many more to indulge in these last weeks of relative calm before the adventure begins.
Hopefully I’ll be able to blog again before heading out! 🙂