GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with USAC at Tuscia University?
Monica: Going to Italy had always been a dream of mine, since I was a child. Both of my parents were born and raised in Italy, but I had never had the opportunity to go until I decided to look into a study abroad program. When I found out about the USAC program and the two options of either Torino or Viterbo, I had a difficult decision to make. Although I have some family that live in Torino, I wasn't too fond of the idea of being in a large, industrialized city.
From top, clockwise: Monica, ChangLing, Rachel, and Aby
When I looked at information about Viterbo, even though I had never heard of it and neither had my parents, it seemed like a place that fit me. It was a smaller, historic town in the region where my parents were from. I felt like if there was any place that I could study at in Italy that could bring me back to my roots, it was Viterbo. I have never regretted that decision or the wonderful experience that I had there.
GO: What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Monica: As utterly amazing as Viterbo was, the people that I got to share my experience with were what made those 10 weeks I spent that summer unforgettable. Somehow I drew the lucky card and ended up with the people that I did. We had our Italian summer adventure and the bonds that we formed we still keep intact as we've held group reunions in both Las Vegas and San Francisco, among other smaller ones. I can't say that every study abroad group is going to feel as connected as all of us did, but I would say that it is worth the risk, even if all you get is a trip to this enchanting town in central Italy, which I doubt is a bad consolation prize.
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Monica: My study abroad experience has encouraged me to keep traveling and has definitely built my character as an individual as well as my esteem. It taught me about the amount of courage that I have and showed me that unfamiliar situations aren't as scary as they seem. I went to Italy alone and terrified about the future unknown, but I came back with enough memories to fill a novel and enough great friends to inspire the quirky characters in that novel.
Viterbo: Profile of a Thirteenth-Century Papal Palace
Book (Cambridge University Press)
Italians pay price for junk food revolutionby parody-quirk
Poor lifestyle linked to nine out of 10 deaths
· Ministry sends out fruit as traditional diet abandoned Long revered as models of healthy living and eating, Italians are abandoning the fruit and vegetable-based Mediterranean diet in favour of fizzy drinks, cigarettes and deep fried food, and are paying for it with their lives, a new government study claimed.
Italy's health ministry is planning to send emergency rations of fruit into schools, hospitals and offices after research revealed Italians are dying in their droves from diseases linked to alcohol, smoking and processed food.Southern regions around Naples are worst hit, said Walter Ricciardi of Rome's Catholic University, author of one study
Correlations: sleep duration and illness, deathby -
Research carried out by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the Federico II University Medical School in Naples, Italy, has found that people who sleep for less than six hours each night were 12% more likely to die prematurely than those who get the recommended 6-8 hours. The study, published today in the journal Sleep, provides unequivocal evidence of the direct link between short duration of sleep (less than 6 hours sleep a night) and an increased chance of dying prematurely.
The investigation also notes that consistent more than lengthy sleeping (more than 9 hours a night) can be a reason to be concerned
Looking for intervieweesby ProfessorPohoda
I am an American historian (University of Maryland, European Division, Naples, Italy), who is writing a book on popular culture in eastern Europe between 1960 and 1990. Basically, I would like to talk to central and eastern European people on the phone (at my expense) about their stories, during this period.
I am interested in basic life events; dating, marriage, gardening, sports, sex, political views, shopping, music, and so forth. What was the system 'really' like, on the day to day basis? I hope to develop a comprehensive perspective on communism as ideology as distinct from communism in practice
Pantelis G. 'Pandy' Zolas — Lewiston Sun Journal
He finished gymnasium in Athens, Greece, and attended university in Italy. Pandy received his doctorate in naval architecture, marine and mechanical engineering from the University of Naples, Italy.
Viterbo is not far from Rome...Viterbo is a not big city and it's very peaceful!!There is a lot of green...I have been there once...;) I liked it!!