ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Discovering the Beauty of Rome

Today, we check back in with ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who, in her wanderings, has discovered many amazing things about Rome and about herself.

There is an ancient world below Rome that is being uncovered bit by bit every day. My new Italian friend told me that it is impossible to simply put up a new building or house because they will certainly find something of the past and have to call in archaeologists to assess the site. However, I am learning that modern Rome has just as many discoveries to be made as the world below it. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: La Mia Famiglia

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Rachael Sincavage, who, in addition to learning the importance of family in Italian culture, has found a second family of her own in the bright and unique students on her program.

My time here studying abroad in Rome has been amazing. I’ve learned so much about other cultures, made some surprising friendships, and experienced numerous memorable moments I will forever treasure. I feel truly blessed to have been able to participate in this ACCENT study abroad program. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: A Cultural Exploration

Today’s post comes from ACCENT Community College Scholarship recipient Jessica Nichol, who is spending her semester abroad in Rome with Santa Barbara City College. Jessica takes us through a day in her life as a study abroad student, including the many cultural differences between Italy and the U.S.

Touchdown! I felt the plane land in Italy late on February fourth. My heart aflutter and my stomach full of butterflies, I disembarked the plane ready to take on what this new adventure held in store for me. When at home, I decided that I would leave behind my American background and embrace the Italian lifestyle. After landing in Rome I decided to dissolve any expectations I had and welcome the experience ahead of me. Continue reading

ACCENT Community College Scholarship: Expectations and Assimilation

Today, we join Santa Barbara City College student Rachael Sincavage as she embarks on her adventures in Rome. Though she expected to immediately start blending in, Rachael found that assimilation and language learning are slow– and often stressful– processes. Determined to keep an optimistic outlook, Rachael will continue to learn and grow in Italy!

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Neighborhoods of Rome

This week, members of our ACCENT Rome staff came together to discuss their favorite neighborhoods in Rome. Rome has 22 different districts, each with their own history and culture.

At the ACCENT Rome Study Center, we always encourage the students to get out of their bubble and explore Rome beyond the most touristic spots. In a city as big as this, sometimes it is tempting to remain within the well-trodden neighborhoods surrounding the historical center, but you would be missing out on the real flavor of Rome, with all its beauty and surprises. Every neighborhood has its own unique character and atmosphere. Continue reading

Clash of Civilizations: Exploring Global Migration in Rome

This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses a new program with the University of Kansas focusing on global migration. The program explores the effects of migration on Italian politics, the experiences of immigrant communities, and the cultural enrichment that occurs when neighborhoods welcome those with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the Spring 2019 ACCENT Community College Scholarship!

Spring 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of the ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Over the course of the last year, ACCENT has awarded scholarships to 15 community college students, providing them the opportunity to participate in life-changing study abroad programs. As we prepare for another year of quality study abroad programming, we look forward to providing assistance to many more community college students in the coming months, starting with our Spring 2019 awardees!

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ACCENT Rome: Journey to the Land of Ash

This week, Kenyon College student Luke Hester describes an excursion his Study Abroad class took to the Bay of Naples. There, the group explored the ancient Roman sites of Stabiae and Pompeii with Professor Eugene Dwyer, a veteran academic and researcher specializing in Italian architecture, archaeology, and, in particular, the uniquely beautiful and eerie ruins of Pompeii.

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I Studied Abroad in the Same Place Twice — And I’d do It Again

Today we hear from our newest team member in ACCENT’s San Francisco Center, Partnership and Administrative Coordinator Alexa Ball. A New York native and NYU alum, Alexa is an International Education professional with an enduring love for Rome. Alexa discusses why she chose to study abroad twice in the Eternal City and why returning to the same city is an invaluable experience.

Hi everyone, I’m Alexa and I am one of the newest ACCENT team members based out of San Francisco. Having studied abroad many times myself, I consider myself a study abroad junkie! My study abroad experiences have taken me to Italy, Germany, Ghana, and China and after having experienced the meaningful cultural exchange that study abroad offers, I am thrilled to join ACCENT to develop transformative programs in Western Europe — and especially in Rome. Continue reading

Into the Classroom, Out of My Comfort Zone

Today’s post focuses on the experience of UC student Isabel Soloaga, who spent last Spring interning at an Italian middle school as a teacher’s aide through UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program with ACCENT. There, she helped lead the class during their English lessons and came to understand what it’s like to teach and learn in another country. Continue reading

It’s Time to Go Back to the Castle

This week’s post comes from East Tennessee State University MBA student Rayallan Fredericks, who embarked on an Intercultural Studies program with ACCENT in Rome. An avid and experienced traveler, Ray discusses how Italy was a truly unique and enjoyable experience.

It was June 4th, 2018, a week into my ACCENT program when I heard the best sentence…ever. It was about 11:45am in Montalcino just after our tour of  the Banfi Winery facility when our guide said “Okay, it’s time to go back to the castle.” It was my dream to hear those words because I have always wanted a posh lifestyle. If I had a vision board, having my own castle would definitely be on there. One of the reasons for choosing my MBA program is that I hope one day to have a better life with the opportunity to travel the world, as well as support my family.

This day at Banfi was one of the best days of the ACCENT program. The story of how two brothers started the winery after being importers in the U.S was inspirational. The different flavors of wine paired with the wonderful Italian lunch served in the castle was the perfect accent to this trip. Continue reading

Adventure and Discovery: The Joys of Solo Travel

Today’s post comes from UC Merced student Henali Joshi, who took part in UCEAP’s Art, Food and Society program through ACCENT. Henali describes how she overcame a lack of confidence and ended up trekking across Europe during her semester abroad in Rome.

As soon as I landed in Rome, the goal of my experiences became to travel, explore, enjoy, see myself grow, and in the process, to document it all via photography. Continue reading

ACCENT Rome’s Summer Gelato Crawl!

With the approach of summer, students in our Italian Study Centers are beginning their search for the best, most authentic gelato experience. To help them on their quest, our ACCENT staff lead a series of gelato crawls, introducing students to some of their city’s hidden gems. This week, ACCENT Rome Programs Coordinator Alice Mangia discusses this spring’s gelato crawl, the history of the dessert, and some notable locations for delicious treats. Continue reading

SBCC in Rome: Ciao, Mia Roma

Today’s post comes from SBCC student blogger Carly Schwan, who has been cataloguing her classmates’ adventures since the start of their study abroad program in February. With a series of images and a video record of the group’s best moments, Carly describes what an unforgettable experience the past three months have been.

Thank you to Carly for sharing these memories with us, and we wish her and her classmates the best as they prepare to return home.

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