Italy has taught we so much about life. Honestly, I’m not trying to sound sappy, I needed this trip to open up my eyes about life, about culture and about beauty. Beauty can be in everything we do, we just first have to see it to believe in it. Instead of waking up everyday to do the same thing over again, we need to wake up with passion, wake up with motivation and drive.
Not only did I learn a lot from the locals in Sorrento, I learned a lot from our Professor Julia and her colleague Phillip, we owe them a lot, they are so passionate about their work and about teaching us. They are more than just teachers, to me I see them as mentors, coaches as well as new found friends.
I learned a lot from the other 7 friends I made on this trip as well. We made lasting bonds with each other in just two short weeks, bonds that I haven’t made with people I’ve known for 6 years. I remember seeing everyone on the very first day at the airport, I was at the meeting spot and Andrew came and got me. We all sat down in a group of chairs, our bags held close to us and having occasional awkward silences. Even on the bus, we didn’t really talk much, having long periods of silence. So much has changed about the way I see these 7 friends of mine within two weeks. We arrived at the Rome airport to depart to the states and it was hard to say goodbye, it was kind of like, “now what do we do?” I actually felt lost when Philip and Julia said their goodbyes and June went off to the first terminal.
You spend every single day with the same people you create a bond that no one really understands, it’s an amazing thing to see everyone break out of their shell and really let us all in on who each other really is.
The awkward silences turned into outbreaks of constant laughter and inside jokes we all created within our group. Even writing (on the plane to Chicago) I still feel a little lost like you just lost something you can’t find. I’m not worried though, I know we will all see each other soon enough. While some of us are staying in Europe, some will be with their parents and others will be taking classes in the summer with me. When we all get along this well it would be hard not to stay in touch.
So many memories I feel like I can’t capture all of them but thanks to our photographer and ‘paparazzi’, June, she managed to capture 3,000 pictures of our trip! Thank you to Kendall and Melissa for rooming with me and putting up with my long showers and excess amounts of clothes and sharing the same style of music tastes, for the most part, also stating that “I just want to dance!” Thank you Cassie for being my twin and sharing the same thoughts on dressing up, fancy dinners, good Italian wine and the important fact that espresso macchiatos are a must. Thank you Richard for being our doctor on board and advice as well your hilarious and contagious laugh! I’ll never forget when you fell asleep during my presentation :p and how we never found “Maria” as well as the infamous “fu//ing Richard” quote! Andrew thank you for opening up to us, I remember how closed in you were at first but you were quick to change that! Thank you for always being up for anything and walking me back to our apartment at 1 in the morning also helping me with the blog and letting me use your computer multiple times! I still need more pictures! And last but certainly not least- Tanner. Thank you for sharing the first inside jokes with the group, having the greatest laugh I’ve ever heard, being so outgoing and even if we did get kicked out of the church for taking pictures we still made the best of it by using hashtags in every single word we used for a good 10 minutes. Thank you for starting the whale trend and keeping it going, I’ll never forget that!
Thank you also to my mom and Gary for making this trip possible in every way, I would not have been here without your support and willingness to help me! Thank you thank you!
Also thank you to my Dad for always checking up on me and making sure I was okay as well as making sure I was up to dates on my blogs! Thank you for being the audience I wanted! Xoxo
Back to the real world it is. Work on Friday and school starts on Monday!
Xo, Christie ❤️