Rome Stories from Our Students


Andree Wilson-Nixa, Fall 2013

"My study abroad experience in Rome was an opportunity that I will forever be grateful for and is the time that I cherish most from my college experience thus far. During my three months abroad, I was immersed in a culture very different than my own which allowed me to open up and expand my formerly limited world view, it exposed me to challenging moments and a plethora of adventurous travels which led me to become a more confident person and thinker, and opened up an infinite amount of oportunities for me to grow as an individual. I am eternally grateful for the time to thoroughly explore and discover so much about what it means to appreciate a world different than what I am used to and interact with people that gave me a positively dynamic perspective on life. Even though my abroad experience has come and gone, my outlook and approach to life today is greatly influenced by my time in Rome and I know that one day I will return to the Eternal City."


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Mackenzie Woods
Fall 2012 - Spring 2013






"Rome has become part of you -- it belongs to you now. It will always be waiting for your return, and when you do, you will pick up right where you left off. It will always be your city. "

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Anna Ulliman, Spring 2013

"Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to have a different perspective of the world and exposes you to so many incredible experiences that ultimately change you for the better."

Nikki Charter, Spring 2013

"Studying abroad gives you a chance to discover things about yourself and things about the world that you would never be able to unless you are put out of your comfort zone a bit."

Caroline Arness, Fall 2008

A few words, in fact a ten page paper could not even begin to describe the joys and benefits I gained during my incredible experience in Rome. However, the best thing about the Rome Program is its remarkable location.  Because campus is literally in downtown Rome, students have the opportunity to see Rome at any hour of the day.  My favorite time of day was to wake early, just before the streets were full of Romans on their way to work, and walk around the city.  In the early morning and evenings, I meandered the streets and found myself alone with some of the most famous sites in the world like: St. Peter’s Square, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.

Carolyn Maltby, 2006-2007

"Rome changed me in ways that I never anticipated. Life there was surreal and amazing. I didn't expect to learn so much about the world and about myself! It was by far, one of the best decisions I've ever made!"

Gracie Guebert, 2004-2005

"My year abroad shaped my entire life: I became more confident, more open-minded, and more appreciative of world cultures. The Saint Mary's Rome Program started me on a life long journey of self-discovery--one I hope will never come to an end!"

Melissa Chandler, 2004-2005

"The Rome Program was a terrific opportunity to discover myself as well as learn about the world around me. I think about my time there every day and am so thankful I had the chance to be a part of it. I will never forget the year I spent in Rome!"

Emily Long, Spring 2005

"The Saint Mary's Rome Program exceeded my expectations! My experiences, as well as the friends I made, will never be forgotten."

Francesca Muscarello, Fall 2003

"While the memories will always be with me, with time, some of those vivid details that I hold so close to my heart may fade. However, when I look at the hundreds of pictures that I took in Italy; when I gaze fondly at those huge smiles, bright, shining faces, and dazzling eyes, I will remember forever the happiest and most invigorating time of my life. Italy leaves her legacy on all who enter her bellezza. The gift that she gave me...fulfillment."

Molly Mulvihill, Fall 2001

"Going to Rome was the best experience of my life. If I had not gone I would have regretted forever. I learned more about myself and other people in three months than I ever have before"

Lynn Busse, Fall 2001

"Rome was the best experience of my life. Not only did I get to travel and learn about other cultures but I gained valuable friendships, independence, and everlasting memories."

Melissa Nix, Fall 2001

"Rome was the greatest opportunity of my life. I almost did not go to Rome for fear of the unknown and of missing family and friends. Since living in Rome, I am a stronger person. I can handlle anything life throws my way. Also, I made the best friends of my life, and without them, Saint Mary's would not be the same. The only regret I have about Rome is not staying the whole year, but sometimes, three months is better than not at all."

Roberta Ryherd, Fall 2001

"I will not learn as much in four years of college as I did in three months on the Rome Program. I made the greatest friends who became family to me. I only wish I had stayed the year."

Brooke Verbosky, Spring 2000

"The Rome Program was a life-changing experience for me! Not only did I have fun meeting new people and seeing sights, I learned a lot about myself, too! There is just something about Rome that separates you from the rest of the world to reflect, learn, act and have fun! God, I wish I were there now!"

Leslie Laski, Fall 2000

"My experience in Rome changed my life. The Vatican, Saint Peter's Basilica, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and all the arts of Rome are breathtaking sights and forever memorable."

Anniee Furman, Fall 2000

"I experienced REAL life in Italy -- culture, language, religion, art, history, fashion -- things I could before have only read and dreamt about. Choosing to study abroad is the most wonderful thing I have ever done. I never once stop and think about what I missed out because I was in Europe for the semester, I only know of the experience everyone else around here missed."

Bethany Schmidt, Fall 2000

"Rome was so far the best experience of my life. No matter where you are or whom you are with there are endless amounts of things to do! I encourage everyone to look into studying in Rome. It's definitely an experience of a lifetime that you will cherish for the rest of your life."

Eileen Scubelek, 1999-2000

"My year in Rome was such an amazing time for me. Whether it was visiting churches that have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years or simply watching tourists (American, especially), I felt like I was learning something every day I was there. Rome taught me so much about myself and what I want out of life. What an amazing experience! I can't express how much my time in Rome means to me. LIVING in another country, not JUST visiting, can completely change a person, but only if you let it! I am so thankful that I was open to this new and wonderful experience!"

Diane Kompare, 1998-1999

"My year abroad was a truly wonderful experience. It was enriching, exciting, fun, magical, and priceless! I will always cherish the memories and friendships I have from one of the most beautiful cities in the world - Rome!

Lauren Cangelosi, 1998-1999

"The Rome Program gave me the opportunity to explore the world, learn more about myself, and develop close ties with other people on the program. I had great experiences while living in Italy that helped shape who I am today. I will always cherish Rome and the many memories from that year..."

Veronica Kessenich, 1998-1999

"The day I left Rome is the day I finally understood its nickname of the Eternal City, because ever since that day Rome has been eternally with me."