By Charlotte Rymar (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2018)
This time last year, I was exploring Rome, Italy at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. It was the first time in my life that I was truly exposed to a new culture, language, and landscape. I tried my best to immerse myself in italian culture, and by embracing cappuccinos, long dinners, crazy traffic, and lack of personal space, I learned to love what was my new home for those 4 months.
In my time abroad, I was able to travel to other cities in Italy, such as Florence, Verona, Sorrento, Capri, Almafi Coast, and the italian alps. I also had the chance to explore Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona. At the university, my design professor from Milan guided us as we rebranded a museum and cafe in Rome, Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperali (Trajan Market and Imperial Forum). I also took visual journaling, where we walked around and did elevations and studies of our surrounding architecture. It was amazing being able to design, create, learn, and explore in a whole new country, and being back for my final year at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) I know I can handle a lot more than I thought before studying abroad.
1. Charlotte Rymar, Gia Dewitt: Dolomite Mountains, Italy.
2. Jefferson Graphic Design Students in Rome at Bridge of Angels in front of Castel Sant’Angelo (left to right): Emily Treu, Charlotte Rymar, Anna Mucci, Peter Aston, Gia Dewitt, and Joelle Rush.
3. Palm Sunday at the Vatican (left to right): Lori Kinsella, Gia Dewitt, Charlotte Rymar, Tip Sanghanphet, Kaitlin Mattise.
4. The Colosseum: Charlotte Rymar, Gia Dewitt, Anna Mucci.