All posts by Katie Gorman

Do’s & Don’t’s of Study Abroad

After being here for over a month, I believe I have learned a lot from my experiences that I want to share with others so I decided to do a do’s and don’ts list of studying abroad. Don’t Stay Inside Your Comfort Zone Just the act of traveling to a foreign country to live there ...

Weekend in Genova

This weekend some of my roommates and I took a trip to Genova in Northwest Italy. We spent 3 jam packed days there so I’ll only go through a few key highlights from my trip. We arrived in Genoa at 6am and everything was still closed and the sun hadn’t risen yet. After a delicious ...

Study Abroad Essentials

When I was preparing to study abroad, I did a lot of research regarding what I should bring with me. I watched YouTube videos, read articles and blog posts, anything that would make me feel more confident and prepared. I know that everyone can do the same research I did so I wanted to make ...

Grocery Shopping In Rome

One of the first things we did after getting settled into our apartment was go grocery shopping. In my day to day life, I don’t typically take many risks and prefer to stick with what I’m comfortable with. However, this study abroad opportunity has already put me out of my comfort zone in ways that ...

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Planning Weekend Trips

While studying abroad it is normal to take weekend trips to places nearby. Before coming here I had a list of places I wanted to go that was filled with both well known must see destinations like Venice and Florence and recommendations from family and friends. Many people I know have already taken trips to ...

5 Culture Shocks of Life in Italy

Although I’ve only been in Rome for a few weeks, I have noticed many differences in my experiences in Italy versus the United States. In this post I will talk about 5 culture shocks that have stood out to me. While most of these I was somewhat aware of going into my time abroad, they ...

Getting Settled In

I arrived in Rome, Italy on Thursday August 26th and I feel as though the fact that I am studying abroad didn’t set in until several hours after I arrived. I am living the life that my past self dreamed about and that my somewhat recent past self was spending every moment preparing for. A ...

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Preparing to Spend 4 Months in Italy

I knew going into my freshman year at Drexel that I had an interest in studying abroad. Knowing this and little beyond that, I decided to attend a Study Abroad 101 session that was held during my fully online Welcome Week. During the presentation, one of the speakers mentioned a program in Rome that specifically ...