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Rome Summer Study Tour 2019/ CAMS 199: Foreign Studies
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Robert Szczotka

Liberal Arts Majors: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, History
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Ridgway, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of the study abroad program was walking the streets of the ancient cities of Pompeii, Ostia, Herculaneum, and Paestum. It was an amazing experience to see how the cultures of the original inhabitants were still reflected in the ruins even after Rome gained control of these cities. Some of the buildings in these towns were in amazing condition and still had wall paintings.

"The trip has given me a greater appreciation for all the Roman monuments that I have learned about in my History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) courses."

How did this experience impact you academically?

The study abroad program gave me a greater appreciation for the monuments of Rome. The level of detail that was used in the monuments and statues was breathtaking. The trip has given me a greater appreciation for all the Roman monuments that I have learned about in my History and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS) courses.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience has definitely helped me in my career goals because I would like to be a Roman archaeologist. Traveling abroad has helped me learn more about Roman archaeology. The study abroad program also taught me that Rome was a city that was influenced by many different cultures.

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