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Jessica Xi

Portillo's, Pasta, Peking Duck: Adventures Abroad

Hi there! My name is Jessica Xi and I'm third-year student at Loyola studying International Studies and History as my majors and Chinese and Leadership Studies as my minors. I am from Minnesota and have been involved in many, many activities at Loyola, from the Karate Club to Welcome Week to my sorority, to name a few. I'm going abroad to Loyola's Rome and Beijing campuses for the 2017-2018 academic year as a member of the Ricci Scholars Program, which grants me an opportunity to do a cross-cultural study. My project is on self-initiated English-speaking expatriates from Western countries. I'm very passionate about Leonardo da Vinci, my Chinese heritage, spy films and history facts, so feel free to ask me about them!

What Happens in Study Abroad…

What Happens in Study Abroad…

December 22nd, 2017

… Stays with you forever.   It feels like months ago, or maybe just yesterday, or maybe even that I dreamed it, but finals week was just last week. Less than seven days ago I was in Rome, typing furiously on my last paper due and studying harder for my upcoming tests. I was mentally […]


Rome is Home

Rome is Home

December 5th, 2017

Well, it’s wild. I only have two more weeks here. Where in the world did the time go? I can’t believe it. I feel like just last week we landed, just yesterday I was in Greece for Fall Break, just an hour ago it was summer. And now the clock is ticking, everyone is preparing […]


What to Pack: Rome, part 2

What to Pack: Rome, part 2

November 29th, 2017

I am not sure how useful this will be, given that there are a lot of other packing lists out there and really packing is an activity of individual choice (or art form), but I thought I should tell you what I think you should do. Of course, again, this list won’t cover everything – […]


On-Campus JFRC Activities

On-Campus JFRC Activities

November 20th, 2017

Living in Rome is so much fun, and living in JFRC certainly helps make it so! Whether you go meet a Swiss Guard with Father Al, see St. Ignatius’ rooms where he stayed when he was in Rome, or go on a gelato crawl with the SLA’s, there is always stuff to do if you’re […]


What NOT to Bring to Rome!

What NOT to Bring to Rome!

November 13th, 2017

There are packing lists for ever and ever out there on the Internet, but I wanted to give a brief post as to what not to bring. I’ve seen some people make these mistakes, and boy are they regretting it now. First off, yes, no matter which semester you come here, it will get very, […]


What To Pack: Rome pt 1

What To Pack: Rome pt 1

November 6th, 2017

I’ll dedicate another post to the clothing of what to bring, but I wanted to take some time and talk about non-clothing related things I wish I had brought along with me, or that I brought and have not found much use for. I hope this list is useful to you who will come to […]


8 Movies to Get You Hyped for Rome

November 1st, 2017

I love movies. I love watching movies, thinking about movies, discussing movies – love love love movies. I’m watching a movie as I write this (it’s The Two Towers, jsyk). I was walking through Rome today, thinking about movies, so I decided to share with you all eight movies I watched before I came to […]


Restaurant Recommendations Rome: Osteria dell’Anima

Restaurant Recommendations Rome: Osteria dell’Anima

October 29th, 2017

My life pretty much revolves around food, so I can’t not take this opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite restaurants in the entire city of Rome, and even the country of Italy: Osteria dell’Anima. Located literally just off of the Piazza Navona at Via Santa Maria dell’Anima, 08, Piazza Navona – 00186 […]


Fall Break with JFRC!

Fall Break with JFRC!

October 23rd, 2017

For students at our Chicago campuses, Fall Break is a too-short four-day weekend made for sleeping in, taking time to explore the beautiful city, and, if you’re an out-of-state student like me, hanging out with all of the other students who live just a little too far to go home for a break.   But […]


Costs of Study Abroad? Not as much as you imagine

October 6th, 2017

I’m studying abroad for two semesters. The thought of that alone might make people (including me, to be quite honest) shudder for their wallets. I know, I know – “if you’re clasping your wallet so tight, why are you doing it, then?” Well, for a variety of reasons. First, I believe in the power of […]