Rosie advises and supports students planning to study abroad at Temple Rome, where she previously worked as a Student Life Assistant through the Alumni Assistantship program there. Living for two years in Rome (first as a student and then again as staff) has given her a deep understanding of the city, its culture and challenges – especially as they relate to the study abroad experience. Her interests and dedication to students in Rome stem from her own time studying at Temple’s campus there as a junior – where she spent the academic year studying painting and art history. After receiving her BFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Rosie moved around the US, working as a hand-letterer, graphic designer, café manager, and once or twice as a bartender. She loves working with diverse groups in collaborative, creative environments and connecting people with new experiences. She looks forward to helping students explore the innumerable possibilities of Rome, beyond the best gelato and pasta spots (although she does have some recommendations where those are concerned). In her free time, Rosie enjoys knitting, hiking, and learning about the history of beer.
What did you gain from studying abroad?
More than anything, I think studying abroad taught me how to really embrace a life without too many expectations set in stone - how to truly accept uncertainty and stay open to all possibilities. Living outside your comfort zone pushes you to build confidence and a sense of independence, so that no matter what life throws at you, there’s that trust in yourself that you can handle it. I find there’s so much joy and freedom in letting go of expectations and exploring the unfamiliar.