Thinking about summer vacation is dangerous while I have so many finals looming over my head.  The comforting thing is that in about a week I will be done with all my finals and headed back to Virginia for some much needed R&R.  I can’t settle down for too long though because come May 22nd, I’ll be heading off to Rome, Italy to participate in the Viterbi Summer Abroad program.  I am quite excited to be spending the summer abroad especially because I have never been to Europe before.  Not only will I get to explore Rome and travel around Europe, but I will also be getting 6 units out of the way.  I’ll be taking Writing 140 and ISE 460 (Engineering Economy) both of which are required for my major.  The classes are taught by USC professors so they transfer to credit towards the USC degree.  This means I’ll be free to take more classes towards my Theater Minor during the school year.  The thing in Rome that I’m definitely the most excited for is the food.  I can’t wait to try pizza in the place where pizza originated, not to mention the world famous gelato.  I just have to make sure I’ve brushed up on my Italian before I get there!

After the program is over, I’m planning to travel around Europe for a couple of weeks.  I have friends studying in Greece, London, Madrid, and Germany that I’m going to visit.  Hopefully I’ll get a little taste of each part of Europe before I return home for the remainder of the summer.  After Europe I plan to relax in Northern Virginia.  I have a family vacation planned as well as some other trips, but mostly I’m going to be hanging out with the family.  And then it’s off to Scotland for the fall semester!  I’ll definitely miss LA and USC, but I’m hoping my time abroad will give me some perspective.  I plan to come back rejuvenated and ready to jump back into the swing of things!  It’s been a great year.  I’ll be signing off for a while.  Thanks for following as always!

-Will McGarey