This summer, I am going to Italy with OU’s Journey to Italy program. I am going to study history and art in Arezzo, at OU’s campus, but also in Rome, Venice, and Florence. I am unbelievably excited to finally be going abroad. I have never been outside of the United States, and I have been dying to see Europe since before high school. Seeing Italy in particular has always been a dream of mine, because I am fascinated with Roman history. Last semester, I watched all of the excellent BBC series Rome as I waited for my study abroad application to be processed. This semester, I have been reading Mary Beard’s SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome so I can sufficiently nerd out over being in Rome when I arrive there in July. I don’t really know the people who will be joining me on the Journey program, but that’s part of what makes it so exciting for me, since I go to college less than an hour’s drive away from my high school. I have never been in the position of being a student who doesn’t know anyone. I am ready to branch out of my comfort zone. I am thrilled to finally be going abroad, and I really don’t know if I would be able to do this, financially and mentally, if not for the Global Engagement Fellowship, so thank you to Jaci, Bushra, and OU for this opportunity.