Ashleigh’s Page


Hi! My name is Ashleigh, and I’m from Arcadia, CA. I’m a Psychology major with a minor in Sociology. The opportunity to study abroad is an absolute dream come true for me! I am so excited to see, try, and explore just about everything I possibly can. I think the experience and knowledge I gain from this will be something I carry and share forever. I want to give a HUGE thank you to the donors for making this happen! There’s no way I could have this experience without your help. ​

9 Responses to Ashleigh’s Page

  1. Ashleigh says:

    What I studied in the Arts of Rome course that I look forward to viewing and analyzing in Italy:

    Reflection on Raffaello’s School of Athens shown to us in class:

    I really liked Raffaello’s School of Athens. I like that it is a combination of past and present. It is full of what we consider the great minds of practically forever. I think it is interesting that people alive in that time period were included. This is because people do not really get the accolades they deserve until after death. I find it fascinating that they were able to find the extraordinary while in some ways they were still making a name for themselves.
    It is a mixture of past and present, not only in people included but in the details as well. It all seems to kind of be in the details. The statues are Roman, changes in clothing over time, the floor, the arches, the ceiling, and to me even the sky show different time periods. I think this is such a prolific work because of all the details not just because of the people in work. I think Raffaello did a great job in including all these details because it shows progression, and how there is always a starting point. The starting point may be rough, but from there you can build. I think Raffaello definitely builds upon the past in this work, shows the present, and gives a nod to the future. I love that this work has so much going on, and seems to have depth instead of being flat.

  2. Ashleigh says:

    Pre – reading for Italy.

    I chose to read Machiavelli by Ross King and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I chose these works because I had heard of home before and because, probably his most well known quote, “It is better to be feared than loved.” I had heard of the quote before and was just really curious about him. Reading the two works was a bit of an eye opener. The book about Machiavelli showed how he was as a thinker but also the kind of man he was as well. I think this was important because we have just memorialized him as a great mind and thinker. He was a guy that had great thoughts and a lot of answers. We forget that he was just a man, and a man has faults. We can’t just see the great and not think about the real person behind that. It is because of that regular person with his life experiences that we get what is considered great. In The Prince, I got to read a lot more than his most well known quote. It’s also better to have read the entire work than just believe that the one quote was his entire view. He thought he had the answers on how to rule because he was sent many times to different ‘princes’ in order to smooth things over. The Prince is I think his manual on how to rule successfully and in some areas he discusses the options a prince may have. I found both works extremely interesting.

  3. Dad says:

    I hope you are taking it all in and creating memories of a lifetime! Love You

  4. Isabel Horta says:

    Hahahaha. Ashleigh’s face says it all as we all went up hundreds of steps to see the view of Rome on our trip to the Vatican.

    • Ashleigh says:

      This is priceless! There were soooo many stairs, but definitely an experience that is unforgettable! The view when we finally reached the top was worth it.

  5. Ashleigh says:

    I fell in love while I was in Rome. I fell in love with the square right in front of the Pantheon. I fell for the Pantheon itself, where I was in absolute awe of the architecture and the fact that it is still standing. I fell for the fountain and it’s steps around it. I fell because you can sit there for hours and it still would not be enough to take everything in. There is not enough time to take in the architecture, the sounds, the majestic feeling of the area, and all the people. I enjoy people watching and this is the place to do it. People from all over the world come to see the Pantheon, and if you watch you can see the magic of the area hit them as it hit you. I chose this picture because I’m inside the Pantheon and am taking a picture of the fountain from inside. I also chose it because you can see how full of people it is.

  6. ashleigh says:

    The day we went to see the Pope was an early day (we left the convent by 6 am), but it was completely worth it. We hadn’t been to St. Pete r’s square yet so we were all shocked when we got there. We couldn’t get over how big everything was. We also couldn’t get over how empty it was because we were early and then were imagining how full it was going to be. While waiting before going in to get our seats we were all thrilled with the different languages that were around us. The experience is one I can’t really put into words which is odd because I usually have words for everything. Either way it was an experience that I’ll never forget and can never be recreated.

    Hopefully this works. The picture below is of very quick, simple sketches I did while we were there from my journal.

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