Originally from San Diego, California, Natalie now calls beautiful Rome, Italy home.
Q + A with Natalie
WHERE ARE YOU FROM IN THE USA? San Diego, California
WHERE ARE YOU CURRENTLY BASED? WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE? Rome, Italy
WHAT BROUGHT YOU OVERSEAS? I came to Rome for my Masters degree and ended up deciding to stay.
DID YOU STUDY ABROAD IN THE PAST (OR PRESENT)? IF SO WHAT PROGRAM AND WHERE? I never studied abroad as an undergrad and always felt like I had missed out by skipping the experience. When it came time to apply to graduate school, I was sure that I wanted to complete a degree in another country. I applied directly to a Roman university via the Italian consulate.
ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR FUTURE YOUNG AMERICANS? Studying or working abroad is about more than just personal experience. Learning to navigate a new culture and language builds skills that can be applied to all facets of your life. It won’t be easy to move abroad, but start planning now and keep yourself moving forward towards your ultimate goal.