by: Nick Boffardi
Our final week in Rome has come to its conclusion and I still can’t comprehend what an amazing experience I had. Just a short time ago I was preparing to board a plane, unaware of what was to come. Now, it’s all over and its difficult to imagine how different my summer would have been if I didn’t take this wonderful opportunity.
From our first day together, it was clear that this trip was going to be quite different from any other I had ever taken. A daylong adventure from New York to Rome, spent almost entirely in airports and on airplanes, proved that we were going to be able to handle any curve this trip threw at us. And indeed, it created memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Our last week together was packed with activities including a trip to the Pantheon and a visit to Castel St. Angelo. Perhaps the most memorable night came at Etabli, our “Last Supper” if you will. Like all of our group dinners, we were served food, drinks and desserts, but this one came with a small twist. At the end of the meal, just before coffee was served, each member of the group gave a short speech about the trip. We thanked Randy and Prof. Morosoff for coordinating such a great trip and being such wonderful professors. We thanked each other and reflected on some of our favorite moments. After some laughs and some tears, we ended our night with gelato and stopped for pictures at some landmarks in the city; namely the Four Rivers Fountain in Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain.
This month was one I will not soon forget. It was absolutely wonderful to with such an amazing group of people and it was a privilege to work with Shoot4Change. The SCOinRome program has infected me with the travel bug and now I can’t wait to go back to Italy!