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Hello, My name is Vernisha Williams and I am from Richmond CA. I am currently ending my junior year here at Holy Names University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business. Being able to participate in this study abroad program means so much to me because it gives me a chance to live one of my biggest dreams. That dream is to be able to travel, and learn about different cultures so that I will be better prepared to help change the world (for the better). I believe this study abroad program will broaden my horizons and give me a chance to experience parts of the world that would have otherwise been only a dream. Furthermore, I believe that this experience will help me understand different cultures and people, and ultimately make me a better Psychologist in the future. Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our dreams come true; especially to the donors who believed that this is an experience that students should get a chance to have. Thank you!!

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  1. Vernisha Williams says:

    Elements from my Discussion Reflection in Arts of Rome Class that I look forward to researching while studying in Italy:

    What is distinctive about ancient Greek sculpture and culture?

    Classical Greek sculptures are something that is still imitated today. Although there are many reasons as to why this happens, one thing is obvious, the sculptures tell a story that have a history so rich that many people take notice. One of the things that are admired with the sculptures is the attention to detail. In many of the sculptures the symmetry and angles of the face can be seen as Greek. Also, the position of the body usually has strength and an almost “in motion” look. Another thing that stands out with the sculptures is the hair. The way that the hair is carved gives the illusion of being similar to the Greeks as well as giving the sculpture a more life-like presence.
    Something that surprised me was the fact the before Rome was founded, the cultures before had many different Gods that they worshiped. Before learning this I thought that cultures had one God, or maybe a few, however it was very surprising to know that they worshiped many different Gods. The reason why it was so interesting was because it was hard for me to understand how you can worship different gods and put them on the same level. Also, I wanted to know: were the gods on the same supernatural level? Or was one god more powerful and respected than the others?

    How did the Etruscan culture influence the Romans?

    The Etruscans influenced the Roman culture in many ways. One of the ways that the Romans were influenced was through art. In a lot of the roman art you can see the appreciation for nature and harmony. Also in the Etruscan culture, women were very appreciated. In this time, women were even allowed to be with the men. Another way that Romans were influenced was with the use of the Triclinium.
    Societies tend to have origin myths for different reasons. One of the main reasons why societies would have origin myths is to show some sort of pride. Many origin myths tend to include a protagonist, a battle, and the end result (which is usually positive). This allows a full story to take place and to explain why a location is such a great place to be from. Aside from this, origin myths give answers to questions that the average person may not know. We as humans, want to know the answers to most things. Since not knowing unsettles us, we make answers that will settle our growing curiosity.

  2. Vernisha Williams says:

    Traveling Library:

    The book that I chose to bring as part of our traveling library is the book ” Leonardo and the Last Supper”, by Ross king. The reason that I decided to read this book is for many reasons. One of the reasons was, we studied Da Vinci in our Arts of Rome class. When we were learning about him, I found it very interesting his method of painting. The different techniques that he used were impressive. I honestly wanted to read this book partly to see if the myths were true about Da Vinci. I wanted to see if there were really hidden agendas behind his paintings, as well as if there were any truth behind his “unconventional” study habits. When I find the answer, I will be happy to share. But, for right now, I am enjoying the read.

  3. Vernisha Williams says:

    6/24 Etruscan historic outside Museum
    This day we visited the Etruscan tomb museum. It was very interesting seeing first hand what one of the tombs looked like. I thought burying people in a tomb was a better idea than being buried 6 ft. under the ground. The tombs were honestly creepy. There were bugs and spider webs. At first I thought that the tombs were replicas, but I later found out that they were real! Wow

  4. Vernisha Williams says:

    One of my favorite things to do out here in Italy is just free write. Most days so far have been very sunny and nice. I enjoy the moments when I can sit back, observe, enjoy the outdoors, the Italian interactions, and just be.

  5. Vernisha Williams says:

    6/25 My first time having coconut gelato!!!!!

    WOW! Italian gelato is like super creamy, rich, enhanced, decorative, heavenly ice cream to the eighth power! Now, Imagine that, with coconut flavor! It was sooo good. I wish I could take a whole store back with me to Oakland. This will be greatly missed when I return.

  6. Vernisha Williams says:

    The Coliseum.

    Its common to see pictures of the Coliseum in history books, but it’s a completely different experience seeing it up close, personally! This place is huge! The stone and the architecture is so beautifully done. It’s amazing that the coliseum is in such great condition after all these years. because the building is in such great condition, it’s so easy to imagine how active and the energy that had to be present back when there was “entertainment”. It’s easy to see that the coliseum is a popular to tourist. There are people everywhere!!

  7. Vernisha Williams says:

    One of the sites that impacted me the most was going to the place where Peter (one of Jesus disciples) was crucified. It impacted me so much because I’d done research on this. I am Christian and I learned all about how Peter died. I learned that he was crucified up side down because he did not feel worthy to die the exact same way that Jesus died. It was powerful to be in that same location. I honestly didn’t know that his death happened in Italy! In a way, I almost didn’t feel worthy enough to be there. But I am extremely glad that I got a chance to experience that!.

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