Center for International Programs - Study Abroad

Student Profiles: Kelly Mulhall - John Cabot University in Rome, Italy


Major(s): Elementary and Special Education

Abroad Program: John Cabot University

Where & When: Rome, Italy; Fall 2013

Favorite Course: Introductory Italian

Hightlight: Experiencing the Italian Culture

Best Excursion: London

Favorite Dish: Bucatini Amatriciana, Pizza, and Gelato

Least Favorite Dish: Cacio e Pepe

Next Destination: Greece

How did the location enhance your academic experience?

Studying in Rome played a major role in the academic experience that I had. There is so much history in that city that through my courses I was able to learn more about. One of my courses was Renaissance Rome and Its Monuments. I registered for this course because it would fulfill my Art/Lit requirement at SJU, but also because it seemed interesting. Throughout the course I had the opportunity to visit many churches, villas, palaces, and museums. It was a good experience seeing some amazing examples of art from this time in person, and learning the history surrounding those examples. 

Describe your living situation.

For my semester in Rome I lived in the Trastevere neighborhood. This is the type of area that I pictured when I thought of Rome. My living situation was pretty similar to living in SJU residences. I lived in a campus apartment building that had security, a gym, and a study room. I lived with three other random roommates in a two bedroom apartment. There was a small living room. There was a washing machine in the apartment which was convenient, but since there wasn’t a dryer there was always drying racks filled with clothes in our living room. The kitchen was tiny and it had everything we needed. It was a really nice apartment and overall I really enjoyed my living situation.  

What is one piece of advice you would pass on to a student who is about to study abroad?

The one piece of advice I would pass on to students about to study abroad is to take advantage of every opportunity. There is always the opportunity to go explore the city you are studying in or to travel to a new country or to try new food, and by taking advantage of all of those things you will definitely have an amazing semester with so many great experiences!