By Christy North
Whether you’re moving to a new side of town or moving across the country (or beyond), getting settled in a new city can always be a little nerve-racking. Here are seven ways Temple University students can make this new change and this new place feel a little more like home.
1. Get the lay of the land.
The best way to really get your sense of direction in a new city is to get lost. Wander the streets and you never know what adventure may come of it. Soon enough, you’ll feel like a local.
2. Learn the history.
The city of Rome is filled with history. That “random fountain” you pass by every day may just have a beautiful story behind it. The more you know about the city, the more you will fall in love.
3. Learn to talk the talk.
It’s never fun to feel like a foreigner. Learning the Italian language will take years but a few phrases can easily be learned and will make you feel a little less out of place.
4. Become a regular somewhere.
Finding a new regular spot will make you feel like a local. Plus, you never know who you will meet over your next espresso.
5. Scope out the local markets.
There are incredible markets throughout Rome. Campo dei Fiori is host to the oldest running market here. Check it out to get a taste of your new city’s flavor.
6. Build a nice home that you enjoy returning to.
Moving to a new place can be challenging at first—make sure your home is your safe place. At the end of the day, it’s the place that makes you instantly happy. Put pictures up of friends and family from back home and save space for photos you’ll take while studying abroad.
7. Make friends with locals.
It’s easy to only make friends with fellow study abroad students while you’re here, but go out of your way to make friends with the locals. They will be able to help you with your Italian, tell you the secrets of the city, and maybe even let you ride on the back of their Vespa.
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