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The most important thing I learned while abroad…

I was so fortunate to be one of the few that could say I’ve lived abroad. I thank everyone for such a great opportunity and learning experience. I have learned so much more about myself, others and the world, and I wanted to conclude my blog with some of the biggest lessons I have learned. […]

Take back Roma!

This weekend, students at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center joined forces with Noi X Roma (“We are Rome”) to give back to the Balduina/Monte Mario neighborhood that Loyola is situated in. Several students helped clean “The Stairs” of leaves, mud and trash. We received many compliments from residents in the surrounding area, many of whom […]

“La Dolce Vita”

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement. I was able to visit several different areas such as Croatia, Belgium, the Netherlands and France over the course of Fall Break here at JFRC. The next few weeks will be more mild by staying in Rome and showing the eternal city to a few […]

Quinlan Social


On Tuesday October 7th, Quinlan students at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center came by for a ‘Quinlan Social’. The event featured business professors, information about Quinlan’s many clubs and resources, Quinlan ‘Swag’ and pizza, of course. The networking event was a huge success for the many Rome Start and current Quinlan students who attended, and […]

Eurozone Crisis: Perspective of the people

I recently tutored a local man in English this past week. He is a 50 year old businessman in the electricity markets here in Rome. He previously knew English about 20 years ago, but it went by the wayside. I opted to just sit down and talk with him to get his English speaking memory […]

The JFRC life

It was the first real weekend to travel independently, and a group of friends and I decided to explore the Amalfi Coast. and boy, it was an adventure. Two trains and a bus ride later, we stayed in a hostle nestled into the cliffs with superior views of the sea. We went to the beach, […]

First full week in Rome


What a week it has been.

The John Felice Rome Center is full of excitement and opportunities, and I have experienced many new people, places and things since I arrived just one week ago. The open culture provides a solid foundation of meeting new people who want to experience the world with you.

Aside from some mandatory […]

When in Rome…

After an unexpected plane ticket issue in Chicago and an extra 24 hours in Montreal, I am happy to report that I made it to the eternal city – and boy, these first few days have been exciting. Orientation has been filled with meeting new people from many Jesuit institutions, numerous trips to the city […]

9 days to go

As I begin to say “farewell” to friends before I head to the John Felice Rome Center, I was asked about why I decided to study abroad as well as any apprehensions I may have. I thought I would share my answer with all of you.

There isn’t a single event that triggered me to study […]

The Pre-Adventure

Hello everyone! I’m honored to be blogging about my time at the John Felice Rome Center this fall for the Quinlan School of Business. I hope to give some pre-departure expectations, insights into my travels and experiences, as well as a look back at my time when it concludes. It has been an exciting time […]

About this blog

Jacob Guise is a junior finance major in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He is studying abroad in Rome during the fall semester. As a Quinlan Ambassador abroad, he hopes to show his road of self-development through sharing his journeys and experiences to others.