BRYN MAWR, Pa. - Bryn Mawr volleyball's Nolan Julien went a little outside her comfort zone during her study-abroad experience in the spring, but it was so worth it. Here, the rising senior captain details a few of her memorable experiences during her semester abroad in Italy!
"Studying abroad for a semester was the best decision I have ever made. I was very hesitant to make the leap to study abroad because of all of the things I felt like I would be missing out on leaving Bryn Mawr for an entire semester. However, these fears quickly melted away as I ate (too much) gelato and watched the sunset in St. Peters Square. Studying abroad in Rome was a life changing experience and was everything and more that I anticipated."
"One of the best moments of studying abroad was watching the 'Lizzie Mcguire' movie one morning, and then actually going to do the things she did in the movie. I rode a moped, saw the Tivoli Gardens, and made a wish in the Trevi Fountain just like Lizzie. Unfortunately, I did not get confused for an Italian Pop Star, nor was I able to preform in the Coliseum - next time I guess!"
"Being able to dive into Italian culture heavily included me eating food from all over Italy. I was able to visit Venice, Milan, Palermo, Tuscany and other smaller Italian towns and regions that were known specifically for a certain food. One of my favorite places was the region of Emilia-Romania because it incorporated so many pillars of Italian life. The region was known for the best prosciutto in Italy, as well as Parmegiano Reggiano, which is the original Parmesan cheese. Being able to taste recipies that were hundreds of years old was one of the most beautiful parts of Italian culture. For example, with Parmegiano Reggiano, there is actually a trained cheese listener that taps the cheese and listens to it to see if it is ready to eat! This was incredible to me, and the best job ever! It was clear how food was the way, among many, that Italian culture was preserved along the years."
"Studying abroad, I was able to see a lot of Italy as well as other places. I traveled to Paris and of course fell in love with the charm of the city. I also fell in love with Barcelona and lived another one of my childhood favorite movies, 'The Cheetah Girls 2'. Through living the lives of some of my favorite childhood movies, I had the most amazing experience of my life. I was able to learn and grow in experiencing culture and lots of amazing travel experiences. I will never underestimate the power of access to internet, and I will always eat food if it smells good. These are just a couple of lessons that Italy taught me, and I will treasure my experience abroad forever."
Julien will return to the court for the Owls this fall as senior captain, and she will also join the board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as the Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Owls volleyball squad will open their season on September 1st at home against Immaculata.