This blog began just like most college blogs: a study abroad blog. That was in 2011.
As I looked ahead to my semester abroad semester, I had two academic focuses: Italy (my home for the semester) and history (one of my two majors). I had little connection to Aeneas at the time, but found it appropriate that I entitle the blog “Chasing Aeneas” due to the myth of Aeneas’ founding of Rome after escaping the flames of burning Troy while carrying his father on his back.
Over the semester, I grew more and more attached to Aeneas. I read Virgil’s Aeneid as a supplement to the Dante course I completed (and later named my first car Virgil). I fell in love with Rome and Italy.
When I returned to the states, the blog kind of faltered a little. There didn’t seem to be as many things to write about in my passport country, but I stuck with the name “Chasing Aeneas.” It didn’t seem to need to change.
Over the past few months, this blog has taken on a sort of new life. When I was selected as a Parfitt Pascoe Writing Scholar for the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) Conference, one of the requirements was that we maintain a blog. Since then, I’ve begun to focus more on my passions in this blog—TCKs and education.
As I think about where the blog has gone over the past four years, I can’t help but think that “Chasing Aeneas” is still appropriate. Aeneas was a nomad—he left his city because it was destroyed. In many cases, TCKs tend to be nomadic. Aeneas showed a huge amount of strength and valor as he left the city. But the part of Aeneas’ story that I love the most is the founding of Rome. Aeneas had acquired skills from his journeys, and resultantly founded a great city. Similarly, TCKs are picking up the skills that they need for bridging worlds.