Today was the end of the year banquet. Everybody was very excited because it is one of the last times we will all be able to share a meal with the semester students. Dressed in our very best outfits we all got on a bus which took us to the beautiful Villa Rinaldo’s located about 40 minutes away from the JFRC. It was all very beautifully decorated for the holidays and the tables were perfectly set for a delicious meal. We enjoyed a 4-course dinner complete with an antipasto, primo, secondo, and dessert.

At our table, we reminisced on all the exciting things and adventures that had made our semester unforgettable. Everyone had many stories to tell and it was amazing to see how close we had all gotten. It was very hard to believe that most of the people in that room would be gone in less than a week. For the Rome Starts it was a different experience because we still have a semester left, but for everyone else, the reality was sinking in that they would have to leave Rome extremely soon.

After dinner, one of the students made a wonderful toast in honor of the semester and acknowledgments were given to special teachers and students.

At the end of the night, music started playing and everyone began dancing. It was the perfect way to end the perfect semester.


About Rosa Maria Noriega

My name is Rosa Maria Noriega and I am from Querétaro, Mexico. I am an International Business and Entrepreneurship major and form part of the 2016 Rome Start class. Choosing to spend my freshman year abroad has been one of the best decisions I have made and hopefully you too decide to make Rome your own.
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