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Class of 2017

Rome Survival Tips – Subways



Another main form of transportation in Rome is the Metro or Subways. When I first arrived here the only knowledge of subways that I had came from TV and a 10 minutes ride on one when I was in New York City. I have to say that although not all of the stereotypes are true, some of them are. I know have to take the morning metro that is full of people commuting to work, so it is normally packed like a sardine can. After a few days of trying to stuff myself on the train I finally asked one of my co workers, who is Italian and has lived in Rome, what is the best way to do it. This is when I learned the best method is to go all the way to the last car; there are generally less people because everyone likes to get on in the middle. I’m not saying this is a foolproof method, there are still times when I will wait for the next train because I don’t want to stuff myself on, but this seems to work a lot better than the alternative. Rome is a large city and like most big cities around the world it has some problems with pickpockets. Pickpockets like to stay around the subway because they get so many different people (tourist especially) and it is always so packed. This doesn’t mean that you have to be scared when getting on the subway (or any public transportation) it just means that you have to be aware. If someone is really close to you on the subway when there is a lot of open space, it might be a sign that you need to move. Over time you start to get a sense of things that aren’t partially right around you. I will do a post on pickpockets later, but for now as long as you stay aware and ready you will have no problems handling the subway commute.

Friday, March 31st, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Weekend Travel – Assisi

Over the weekend I had the chance to travel to Assisi, Italy with the group. Assisi is a beautiful medieval city that sits upon a very large hill. It is home to the tomb of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Clare of Assisi to name a few. I absolutely feel in love with the city as soon as we arrived. Walking through the streets you can still get that medieval feel. I kept thinking that this is what I always pictured when I thought about being in Italy. It also gave off a very relaxing vibe, a nice change of pace from the busy pace of Rome. The many shops that filled the streets sold many different religious artifacts, hand made art, and souvenirs for tourist. One of my favorite moments of the trip was getting to attend Mass in the Basilica of Saint Francis lead by Walsh’s own Father Manning. Even though I am not Catholic, I still found this to be a great experience and an ability to get to do something that very few people can say they’ve had the chance to do. After Mass we then had the chance to head to Perugia where our trip got even sweeter because we took a tour of Italy’s largest chocolate factory Perugina Chocolates. Overall this was an amazing trip and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit (what is now) one of my favorite places in Italy.


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Rome Survival Tips – Trains

In Rome the main form of transportation that you take are trains. Everyday (almost) you take the regional train from the campus site in Castel Gandolfo to Rome Termini. Coming from a small town that doesn’t offer a lot of public transportation this was both a blessing and a learning experience at times. Depending on the time that you get on the train you can have different experiences. Every morning I catch the 7:47 AM, a train that most commuters use so it is generally packed. As you walk down the isles you may see open seats, but people like to put their bag on the empty seat in hopes that no one will sit next to them. At first I would walk by and just try to find a different seat, but over time I found that all you have to do is ask and they will move it and allow you to sit. People are generally pretty quiet no matter what time you get on. Some silently listen to music, work on their computers, or read a book. Every once in a while you will hear some conversations between friends that are sitting in the quad seating sections. I always found that the train ride is relaxing; I am able to mentally prepare myself for the day or just take the time to reflect on everything that happened that day. It is also a great place to work on homework, for about 2 hours a day you are riding a train so why not just knock out readings, papers, or anything else that may cut into your free time. I’ve really learned to both respect and appreciate the trains over my last few experiences, but there is still a piece of me that misses the freedom of having my own car. I hope that when you do the Rome Experience you enjoy your time spent on the trains as well.

Saturday, March 18th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

The Return


The first time that I arrived in Rome, I remember being nervous and anxious about what was going to happen over the next eight weeks. This time around I arrived with a smile on my face like I was returning home. My first day back in the city I decided to just walk with no real destination in mind, the best way to reacquaint yourself in my opinion. I was pleasantly surprised with how well I was able to navigate the city and find one of my favorite pasta places. When you first arrive Rome seems like such a big place (it is) and you feel like you will always be lost, but I always feel like I know where I am at and where I want to go. After a few days of readjusting to the Rome experience, it was time to start my internship. This was my chance to really experience what the life of an Italian citizen is like. Starting at 7:47am I caught the regional train into Rome, this is a very popular commuter train for school kids, business people, and everything in between. When I arrived in Termini station (the main train station in Rome) it was time to take on the subway. As I stuffed myself onto the train (tips for commuting coming soon) I was really starting to feel the nerves of starting a new job. Five stops and a short walk later I was in front of the USO Rome office. As I entered the staff of the office greeted me and they were so welcoming and nice. They showed me around the office and told me some of the things that I was going to be doing during my internship. This made me so excited to see what this internship and experience will hold.

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– Joey Hammers

Monday, March 13th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

About Me!

Hello Everyone!

For this post I wanted to tell you guys more about who I am and how I’ve been given this opportunity to Intern in Rome, Italy. My name is Joey Hammers and I am a 5th year senior at Walsh University majoring in Communications. I transferred from Ohio University Zanesville in the Fall of 2015 after getting an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Media. After graduation I want to work in advertising or a related field. As I write this post I sit on a train headed from Walsh University’s campus in Castel Gandolfo headed into the Eternal City. I fell in love with the city of Rome, Italy one year ago when I participated in the Walsh University Spring 2016 Rome Experience. During the Spring 2016 Rome Experience, an eight-week intensive semester, where Rome became my classroom, I learned about culture, history, language, and my place as a global citizen. I also had the opportunity to try all of the amazing food, see the historical monuments that I grew up reading about, and the chance to live a big city lifestyle that was completely new to me. After those short 8 weeks were finished I had to go back home, but I knew that I had to return.

In the Fall of 2016 I approached Mike Cinson, the Director of Global Learning and Rachel Hosler, the Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning asking, “How can I get back to Rome?” They asked if I as interested in participating in an abroad internship and I jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t long after that I found myself make flight arrangements. Working with the Rome Site Director, Danilo Mori, an internship was found working with the USO in Rome. The USO (United Service Organizations) is an American organization that helps US military men and women. The USO Rome holds special events around the city and helps veterans who want to visit Rome. I will be in Rome for 8 weeks getting to see the city from a whole new perspective, while gaining work experience that will help me as I look for a career. I can’t wait to share all of my experiences with you and I hope that it will make you want to pursue a global internship as well.

-Joey Hammers

Sunday, March 5th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »

Welcome to the Global Learning Rome, Italy Internship Blog

Hello everyone!

My name is Joey Hammers and I am a senior at Walsh University. The Global Learning Program offered me the very unique opportunity to do an Internship in Rome, Italy. Over the next 10 weeks I will be using this blog to share my experiences, photos, and tips that may help future students that participate in the program. I look forward to sharing this wonderful journey with everyone and I hope that you all enjoy!

– Joey Hammers

Monday, February 13th, 2017    Subscribe  No Comments »