Monday, May 18, 2009


Welcome! My name is Jessica Lawlor and I am a senior public relations student at Temple University. I'm studying abroad this summer at Temple University's Rome campus for six weeks. After Rome, I'm going to Greece for 10 days with my friends Reilly, Melissa and Erica.

I've traveled quite a bit to the Caribbean Islands, but never to Europe. I can't wait to immerse myself in the culture.

I've been taking Italian for a year now, so I'm comfortable with the basics, but I'm really nervous to engage in conversation with locals. I'm definitely not confident with full conversations yet, but I'm excited to try my best and hopefully become a better Italian speaker. I'd love to become fluent.

Traveling abroad for 6 weeks is definitely going to be a new experience for me. I've always been very close to my family and get homesick pretty easily. You're reading the blog of the girl who could only go to school in New York for one semester before she had to transfer to Temple University to be close to her family! It will be a challenge for me to be away from my home and family, but I know that I need to learn to become more independent, and this is the first step to getting there!

I leave for Rome in 3 days! I hope you will follow me on my European adventure. I'll be updating this blog often, so you can always check back at this link. If you're more tech savvy, please subscribe to my blog by clicking the orange button on the left hand side. I'll also be twittering away while I'm abroad, so if you are on Twitter, be sure to follow me! I'd love to hear from you, so if you ever have any advice or suggestions, please leave me a comment by clicking on the comment button at the end of each post.


Anonymous said...

You're going to have a blast abroad! I've been to Europe 4x and will be going there again this June to backpack for 2.5 weeks. Once you go to Europe, you'll never return home the same. You always want to go back.

In 3 days, you're going to start your amazing adventure!

Anonymous said...

Jess! My little, I heart you and I'm really excited to see your new blog...its awesome!! :) 3 days is soooo soon. I hope you have an amazing time and I'm going to read your blog everyday! <33

Kristen said...

Just added you to my reader! Can't wait. I saw Angels and Demons the other night and now have a crazy obsession with going to Rome so I'm super jealous!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss you so much!Stay safe, have a great time and be on alert at all times.

Passionista said...

I love the look of your blog! You are going to have a great time, good luck and can't wait to follow along.

Sarah Elizabeth said...

your going to have so much fun! I'm jealous!! enjoy!! : )

ps-love the template : )

Anonymous said...

HI Jess,

Can you pack me in your suitcase? I promise I won't take up much room. Please say hi to the Pope for me, LOL. I'll be following the blog. Have a blast!

Lacey Bean said...

So exciting! Can't wait to hear about all your adventures. :)

Amber said...

Have fun! Can't wait to read all about your fabulous adventures! :)