(Dis)Orientation

(Dis)Orientation

Posted by: on August 26, 2016   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

 

 

View of the Castel Sant'Angelo from the Tiber

View of the Castel Sant’Angelo from the Tiber

After a full day of travel and checking into their homes for the semester, orientation began this week organized by the capable staff at CEA-Rome.  Late August in Rome tends to be hot and humid. Students are simultaneously dealing with the weather, jet lag, culture shock, excitement, and trepidation.  For Abigail Post, (Marketing)the language barrier is the biggest challenge,  while Brenna Farley, a Management major, sees acclimating to the culture and lifestyle that is so different from her routine at home as her greatest personal challenge.  IMG_5601All of this is normal, and the staff at CEA are trained and experienced in helping students acclimate to their new surroundings, responding to their concerns, and insuring that students are safe and happy in order to make the most of their experience.  This week, central Italy was stricken with a 6.2 earthquake that left entire towns in Umbria devastated.  This highlighted the importance of precautionary measures the CEA and PC have in place when natural or man-made disasters occur.  Luckily, no on in our group was harmed in any way, but it certainly underscored the importance of knowing where our students are and how to contact them (and their families) in the event of an emergency.

Some highlights of the first orientation day included a frank discussion by the CEA staff and an Italian police detective on how to stay safe. The first day also included neighborhood tours that incorporated many practical suggestions such how to read a bus sign and use bus passes, how to shop in a grocery store, and where to find ATM’s, post offices, and other services.

Andrea Masini, CEA-Rome Housing Director, leading neighborhood tour

Andrea Masini, CEA-Rome Housing Director, leading neighborhood tour

PC students live in apartments in the Prati neighborhood of Rome.  Rather than living segregated in dorms, they live in buildings with Italian neighbors—in some ways, this immersion experience—taking out the garbage, walking to class, shopping in local markets, eating at local restaurants and cafes– can be one of the most transformative aspects of study abroad.  These are learning experiences in and of themselves.

Several students identified becoming immersed in Italian culture as one of their “fondest hopes” for the upcoming semester. Chris Chiocco, a Finance major, hopes he will “come away with a proficiency along with a true appreciation of their culture,” while others expressed the hope they could become “cultural sponges.”  Andrew McLaughlin hopes he will feel at home and not want to leave.  As participants of the PC-Rome program, students are not just visitors; they become inhabitants of the local community.  Long after they may have forgotten what they learned in a particular class, they will have vivid memories of their daily lives in Rome.

On the "Bridge of Angels"

On the “Bridge of Angels”

During our first PC orientation session, we reviewed many of the policies and procedures, recognizing that jet lag can be debilitating, particularly in the first few days.  More importantly, I also asked students to identify their personal challenges and goals for this semester.   Daintry Calnan, (Marketing) hopes she will be able to make the most of the opportunities, and “to learn more about myself.”  Katlin Foster (Finance) aspires to enhance her “ability to communicate with many different people internationally.”  Bridgette Clarke, a Theology major, hopes her study abroad will enhance her “love and knowledge of the Church’s history and provide me with insight and tools to continue to serve the Church later on in life.” Jennifer Dorn, an English and Theater Arts double major, hopes to “enhance my artistic and cultural knowledge and awareness.”  Nicholas Sweeney (Finance and Management) hopes to learn more about foreign policies, and Jake Karas (Finance) aspires to enhance his understanding of the global economy.

During the next several months, we will, at our monthly meetings, PC Friday excursions, and other times together,  ask them to be mindful of how their understanding of Italian and/or European culture has changed and grown, how their own sense of identity as Americans has developed, and finally how their personal sense of self has been changed as a result of their experiences, both academic and cultural.

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Classes begin on Monday.  Academic work in a foreign setting has its own sets of challenges.

A prossimo (Until the next time)

Go Friars!

    After a full day of travel and checking into their homes for the semester, orientation began this week organized by the capable staff at CEA-Rome.  Late August in Rome tends to be hot and humid. Students are simultaneously dealing with the weather, jet lag, culture shock, excitement, and trepidation.  For Abigail Post, (Marketing)the […]MORE

Let the Roman Adventure Begin!

Posted by: on January 22, 2016   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

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Providence College in Rome Spring 2016 has gone live!  Our Program has begun its tenth semester of transforming lives with the study abroad experience at the heart of the Church.

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Last week, 29 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad.  The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms and big smiles upon our arrival and then gave us an intense four day Orientation Program that helped our entry into the Italian way of life and our academic study program.

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This week we started classes and Monday morning we began our New Testament in the Eternal City course, which is central to our PC in Rome experience.  The course consists of classroom lectures and site visits around the city so that Rome becomes a “classroom” for us.

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During this first week of introductions, orientations, and new beginnings, I asked the students what they were hoping for from their study abroad experience in Rome.  We talked about why they chose Rome as a destination and what they expected from our Program.  Here’s what some of them said:

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“I am hoping to take advantage of the deep culture of art, history, and theology that this city has to offer. I also want to gain a more broad cultural perspective.” Jamie Russo

“I want to spend less time thinking of myself and my culture… I want to be taken outside of my comfort zone in a way that changes the way I see the world and myself.” Alley Harbour

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“…I am hoping to gain world knowledge through staying in Rome and traveling across Europe. I am very excited to see many of the sights that I have only heard about and eat my way across Europe.” Bryan Blum

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“This semester I would love to become comfortable speaking Italian among locals. I also hope to visit my grandfather’s relatives, and see pictures of him when he was a child in Italy. I’m very thankful for this opportunity to study in Rome, and truly want to make the most of it.” Gianna Luciano

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“I chose to come to Rome because of my family ties. I have family living in Sulmona, in the Abruzzo Region of Italy. I’m hoping that I can get in touch with my family roots and history while I’m here. Rome is also the perfect city to further expand my Roman Catholic beliefs.” Peter Rocco DiCenso

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Go Friars!

 

Providence College in Rome Spring 2016 has gone live!  Our Program has begun its tenth semester of transforming lives with the study abroad experience at the heart of the Church. Last week, 29 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad.  The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms […]MORE

And so we came to Rome… Acts 28:14

Posted by: on September 4, 2015   |Comments (0)|Theology classes in Rome

“And so we came to Rome…” Acts 28:14

So says the author of the Acts of the Apostles when St. Paul and his companions arrived to Rome after a long journey.  Last week, 43 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad.

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The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms and big smiles upon our arrival and then gave us an intense three day Orientation Program that helped our entry into the Italian way of life and our academic study program.

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This week we started classes and Tuesday morning we began our New Testament in the Eternal City course, which is central to our PC in Rome experience.  The course consists of classroom lectures and site visits around the city so that Rome becomes a “classroom” for us.

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During this first week of introductions, orientations, and fresh beginnings, I’ve asked the students what they were hoping for from their study abroad experience in Rome.  We talked about why they chose Rome as a destination and what they expected from our Program.  Here’s what some of them said:

“This semester abroad I am hoping to learn a good deal of the Italian language, enough to speak with my grandma in Italian. I also hope to gain cultural intelligence regarding the Italian lifestyle so I will be able to appropriately do business with people from Italy if necessary in the future.” Amy Czarnota, Marketing Major, Finance Minor from Reading, Massachusetts.

“I was initially very nervous and hesitant to go abroad, but my friends who attended CEA in Rome told me that I couldn’t pass up such an amazing experience… After almost a week here I am already in love with the city, my neighborhood, the people I have met and especially the CEA professors and other employees. Everyone is so helpful and it has made my transition so much better. I know that this was one of the best decisions I’ve made since attending Providence College.” Samantha McSweeney, Business Management Major from Mansfield, Massachusetts

image“What I hope to get out of being abroad is obtaining a more cultured, wider range of thinking that forces me to go outside my “comfort zone” and entertain thoughts and ideas that I previously would never have encountered. Studying abroad will also hopefully make me adapt and leave the comfortable PC environment for a new and foreign Roman one.”  John Leyden, Finance Major from Pleasantville NY.

“NYC will always be my favorite city but Roma will definitely give it a run for its money. I have an Italian background as well as Argentinian so you can only imagine how thrilled my family is that I am here living in the same city as Argentinian native Pope Francis.”  Gabriela Pace, Marketing Major, from New Jersey

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“I am hoping to experience the Eternal City as it gives life to my studies and reveals the beauty and glory of the Catholic Church. I am sure this semester will be a formative experience as the classroom becomes the city of Roma.” Ana Gadoury, Theology Major, Writing Minor, from Blackstone, Massachusetts

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“I am studying abroad in Rome because I wanted to study in the country where my Grandfather was born and get the chance to experience a new culture.”  Emily Palazesi. Marketing Major from Sandwich, Massachusetts

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“And so we came to Rome…” Acts 28:14 So says the author of the Acts of the Apostles when St. Paul and his companions arrived to Rome after a long journey.  Last week, 43 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad. Our Program has begun its fifth […]MORE

Let the Adventure Begin!

Posted by: on January 23, 2015   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

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Providence College in Rome Spring 2015 has gone live!  Our Program has begun its eighth semester of transforming lives with the study abroad experience at the heart of the Church.

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Last week, 21 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad.  The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms and big smiles upon our arrival and then gave us an intense four day Orientation Program that helped our entry into the Italian way of life and our academic study program.

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 CEA Rome Center

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During this first week of introductions, orientations, and new beginnings, I asked the students what they were hoping for from their study abroad experience in Rome.  We talked about why they chose Rome as a destination and what they expected from our Program.  Here’s what some of them said:

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“I chose last minute that I wanted to study abroad and heard amazing things about this program. The culture, the food, the people, the sites, the history, etc. Everything I wanted in one program… I have yet to take theology courses at PC and what better way to take them than in Rome?” Emily Rose, Accounting Major

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“…I chose Italy, because the credits transfer, and why wouldn’t I take my theology/fine arts core in Rome? ” Rory Garrison, Health Policy Management Major

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“I have never taken a theology class (besides DWC) so I am really excited to expand my horizons and learn new things.  This semester abroad I hope to meet many new people, whether they be from PC or just any other students in the CEA program.  Already, I have made new friends and met people who are from all over the United States, which I think is very cool.  In addition, I’d like to use this time abroad to really try and transform myself.” Rebecca McGuinness, Accounting Major

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“I’m thrilled to be studying abroad in Rome; I’ve been here once before with my family and fell in love with the city.” Katie O’Brien, English Major

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“I chose Rome because I have family from Italy and I wanted to experience and understand a part of my familial history that I only had heard about through my parents and grandparents. The food helped my decision as well!”  John Gallo, Economics Major

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“…I am very excited to see and learn about all of the art and architecture. Earlier in my PC career, I wanted to add an Art History minor but unfortunately I could not not fit all of the requirements, however, I think being here in Rome makes up for it!” Steve Beck, Finance Major

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Providence College in Rome Spring 2015 has gone live!  Our Program has begun its eighth semester of transforming lives with the study abroad experience at the heart of the Church. Last week, 21 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad.  The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms […]MORE

“And so we came to Rome…” Acts 28:14

Posted by: on January 15, 2014   |Comments (0)|Study Abroad

 “And so we came to Rome… ” Acts 28:14 –  So says the author of the Acts of the Apostles when St. Paul and his companions arrived to Rome after a long journey.  Last week, 36 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad. Our travel was much easier than what St. Paul faced in the 1st century A.D., but plane cancellations due to weather, re-routed itineraries, and some lost luggage added to our sense of being “on pilgrimage”. 

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The CEA Rome Team welcomed us with open arms and big smiles upon our arrival and then gave us an intense three day Orientation Program that helped our entry into the Italian way of life and our academic study program.

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 This week we started classes and Monday morning we began our New Testament in the Eternal City course, which is at the heart of our PC in Rome experience.  The course consists of classroom lectures and site visits around the city so that Rome becomes a “classroom” for us. 

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 During this first week of introductions, orientations, and fresh beginnings, I’ve asked the students what they were hoping for from their study abroad experience in Rome.  We talked about why they chose Rome as a destination and what they expected from our Program.  Here’s what some of them said:

“Possibly the biggest decision of my life, last Spring I decided to study abroad in Rome.  Living an hour away from Providence College I have never been far from my family and home.  Studying in Rome this semester will not only open my eyes to a city of great history and culture, but I hope it will help me grow as an individual and an adult as well.”  
-Nathan Rosadini

“I hope to learn more about the beautiful city of Rome from a religious point of view. Obviously before I arrived in Rome I knew of the typical tourist points like Trevi Fountain however I would like to learn about different aspects of Rome that are not common knowledge.” -Francesca Coughlin

“In Rome, I hope to gain a lot of independence and embrace my curiosity about the world we live in. Ultimately I would like to immerse myself in the most authentic Italian cultural experience possible. Seeing as I come from an Catholic, Italian-American family I hope to gain an even greater understanding and appreciation for my heritage, my faith and myself as an independent individual.” -Brittany Ricci

“I am hoping to learn about my faith as a Roman Catholic.  I am also expecting to learn by simply living in such an ancient, beautiful, and rich area.  I intend to seek out information about my surroundings, and carry the memory of this experience with me my whole life.”  -Maria McLaughlin

“Throughout the spring, I will aim to visit many of the locations which I have studied in my Civ and Latin classes.  I want to take advantage of every moment in Rome and experience this culture through my studies and travels.” -Sarah Wacik

“I am from Kentucky and study Religious Studies at the University of Kentucky. I am very excited to study theology here in Rome, as the majority of my classes at UK are comparative religion courses. I was excited to meet other Religious Studies majors on the trip. So, I am definitely eager for the discussions in class!” – Nicolette Mullins

“I am an English major with minors in religion and film and media studies at Swarthmore College. I studied abroad with this program because I wanted an education in theology that my school can’t offer. I want to learn more about my God and a faith and religion I really love, so I signed up for classes that will hopefully help me out with that. I can’t wait for class!”- Suness Jones

“This semester abroad I am hoping to further develop culturally, intellectually, and religiously. I expect that my travel and exploration will enhance my world view in numerous ways.” -Dylanne Axelson    
 
“I hope to further develop myself as individual, and become more open minded. I hope to be able to adapt to this culture and learn more about it. I expect to broaden my horizons regarding historical knowledge and also expect to make this experience an unforgettable one!”- Gianna Fournier

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 “I am expecting to learn more about the Italian culture and expanding my horizons turning me into a global citizen.”- Kerrie Lynch   

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“I expect to gain a great understanding of the Roman culture outside of the normal environment that I am accustomed to. I hope to learn things that will help me in my future, whether personally or academically.”-Veronika Abkarian

 “This semester I am hoping to explore my surroundings and come out of my comfort zone! I am excited to learn more about the sites that Rome has to offer.”- Paige Lee 

 

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 “I am hoping that being abroad will open my eyes to all the world has to offer. I am never left the U.S before, and I want more than anything to become immersed in the italian culture.” -Conor Maloney 

 “What I hope to expect from this semester is a whole new challenge and experience.  Living in a foreign city is an opportunity that not everyone is lucky enough to have the chance to do. I also look forward to exploring the rich history that Rome offers and really getting to know the city.”- Daniel DeFilippo
20140115-115828.jpg“I hope to gain new friends and an understanding of the different cultures of the places I travel to while abroad. I am most excited about the new memories I will make while abroad and the food, of course!”-Alivia Thoubboron   

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“I’m hoping to learn to be more open to leaving my comfort zone while studying abroad. I’m looking forward to learning to navigate and feel comfortable in this unfamiliar setting and hone my adaptive skills by dropping myself in a completely new world.” -Bryn Roeder  

 Go Friars!

 

 

 

 

 “And so we came to Rome… ” Acts 28:14 –  So says the author of the Acts of the Apostles when St. Paul and his companions arrived to Rome after a long journey.  Last week, 36 students from Providence College and I arrived in the Eternal City for a semester abroad. Our travel was much easier […]MORE

Arrival and Start of Classes

Posted by: on September 2, 2013   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Seventeen intrepid P.C. students and I have arrived in Rome safe and sound and have already had our first class in the “New Testament in the Eternal City” course.  Last week we had three intense days of orientation activities which included informational seminars, walking tours, and hands on training for living daily life in Rome.  After a free weekend to finish unpacking, find the grocery store, and learn the bus routes, we began classes today at the new CEA center.

 

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The CEA Rome staff has worked hard to make this “new chapter of their existence” near Piazza Cavour a reality. Their entire base of operations was moved completely across Rome only two weeks ago. The new Center is bright, homey, and much more centrally located so that shops, services, restaurants, and historical monuments are all within easy reach.  This morning we were welcomed with open arms and even more practical information to make our Fall semester in Rome run smoothly.

 

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Today in class the students were brimming over with impressions, ideas, and stories of their first week in Rome.  Here are a few of them:

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“The most impressive sights I’ve seen so far are definitely the basilicas and other amazing works of architecture.  The buildings look beautiful from the outside – and are even more impressive on the inside with enormous statues and frescoes!”  – Dan Gagnon

Lauren McNulty said: “Rome is nothing like any American city I’ve ever seen.  One minute, my friends and I would be shopping or getting gelato, then we would turn a corner and realize that among these modern buildings are these amazing historical places!  It’s really cool how integrated the city is!”

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Perhaps Jason DeNicola speaks for many of us when he says:

“I’ve learned in just the past few days that Rome was a great choice for me.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to experience a city that has played such a huge part in history and of course the Church.  The nightlife is great and the food is amazing!  Can’t wait to spend an entire semester in the eternal city!”

 

And so the Rome PC/ CEA Fall 2013 semester is launched!  New semester, new CEA Center location, new faculty resident director and new adventures galore!  Viva Roma!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seventeen intrepid P.C. students and I have arrived in Rome safe and sound and have already had our first class in the “New Testament in the Eternal City” course.  Last week we had three intense days of orientation activities which included informational seminars, walking tours, and hands on training for living daily life in Rome.  After a […]MORE