By Mitchell Weitzel
Well the time has finally come for us all to pack out bags and say “goodbye” to Italy. Throughout this jam-packed month the Hofstra Romans have been to twelve different Roman cities/towns, toured Vatican City and had a weekend in Ibiza, Spain; and I never want it to end. We climbed to the highest point of Mount Vesuvius, swam through the clearest, most refreshing waters, and tasted some of the best food the country of Italy has to offer. Oh and of course we ate as much gelato as we could possibly get outrhands on. We soaked in countless ancient ruins, explored the amazing cities and islands hidden away in the far corners of Italy, and formed a strong relationship with an amazing organization who is fighting for what I believe to be an extremely righteous cause. Helping Shoot4Change with the work they are doing for the city of L’aquila and with the countless refugees flooding into Europe has both educated me and given me the desire to want to make an impact. I hope that the continuing relationship with S4C will allow me to do that.
I want to give a special shout out to both Professor Morosoff and Professor Hillebrand for all the work they put in to making this month the best it could have possibly been and for teaching us a great deal about how to work with clients out in the real world. To this day, making the decision to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity was one of the best decisions I have made. I have become a part of a family and formed close friendships with ten people who otherwise I may have never gotten to know their names. I have formed a special bond with each and every one of my fellow 2016 Hofstra Romans and I love each and every one of them. I know that once we get back to school we all will have a new group of friends to hang out with, watch movies with, see all around campus, sing countless songs or show tunes with, and laugh at our numerous inside jokes. I cannot wait to see all these amazing people again once we get back to Hofstra.