Note: this post has been migrated from my former blog “Parliamo dell’Italia – una ragazza fortunata a Perugia.”
Now that I have been back in America for a pretty solid amount of time, I realize that the rest of my life is going to go something like this: every time there is an introduction-like situation, I am going to forever be “Sarah, the girl who studied in Italy for 9 months.”
I realize this because it is happening.
Two weeks ago I started volunteering at the Denver Library and the very nice woman there introduced me to each of the other volunteers. “Hi [Todd], this is Sarah. She studied abroad in Italy for 9 months.”
When my managers at that phenomenal clothing store I work at introduce me to other co-workers I am “Sarah DeNapoli and she just got back from 9 months in Italy.”
And now I am doing it to myself. When the doctor I met with this morning asked me to tell her something about myself I started with, “Well, I just got back from 9 months in Italy.”
As I sit now in my beautiful little kitchen, craving an afternoon macchiato, I wonder if the rest of my life is going to be like this. Future job interviews (“I have done only one thing worth mentioning in my life: I lived in Italy for 9 months”); potential dating situations (“Will you eventually be rich enough to take me to Italy? Because I studied there for 9 months.”); and all future acquaintances (“I hope we have something in common … do you like Italy? Because I studied there for 9 months.”)
There was a scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary when her friend insisted that she introduce each of her friends & co-workers accompanied by a fun fact. This scene just keeps playing through my mind and I realize that I have inadvertently labeled myself with one, single fun fact: Italy.
But I guess there could be worse things. I could be Sarah who didn’t study abroad at all for 9 months, or worse, Sarah who studied abroad in France for 9 months.
So all I ask is this … remember there are a few other, interesting things about me … I still harbor a fierce hatred for Josh McDaniels, I am slowly becoming a real-live baseball fan, and I love to sing in my car. So maybe remember some of those fun facts next time you’re showing me off to your friends. Mix it up a bit? Just a thought.
This is potentially my last blog here (seeing as I am not even in Italy any more) and I guess it’s better late than never to mention this, so if you want to know what I ACTUALLY did over there for 9 months please check out my blog for the University of Denver’s Admissions Office.