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Washington State University

Rome, Italy

Summer 2023

Tiffany Cedillo, Alumni Ambassador

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how did you engage with the local community while abroad?
I engaged with the local community while abroad by learning the greetings used in Italy. I learned basic phrases such as "good morning" and I'd frequent a local market near my apartment where my friend and I became known by the fruit seller there. He greeted us happily and gave us an extra fruit at times. My friends and I enjoyed sitting at the corner bench across our apartment to talk about our day and what we hope to do later in the week as we watched people go about their day. It was a way we took breaks from everything.

what's one story or important aspect you always tell people about your time abroad?
The important aspect I always tell people during my time abroad is how important it is to be confident in one's own abilities because this will allow growth in independence in a foreign country. I didn't know how to get to places on my own but I learned and I overcame the doubts I had for myself. I know how difficult everything is the first time it is done but the second time is always easier. I've gotten lost but I found my way back, I learned different ways to get to my apartment. To live in the moment of all that is being seen. I have pictures in my phone but it compares to nothing when seeing it in front of you with your own eyes. The details, the emotions being felt, because everything is different in person. To enjoy it all because every day abroad was an exciting one.


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