Streets of Rome

The Vespa

By JunShan Fang

My philosophy professor at SU once told me a story about a soon to be priest in Rome:

He’s riding a blue vespa through the winding Roman streets on his way to the church to be ordained. Suddenly, he makes a sharp turn and crashes into a young woman, who changes his life forever. They were married and he was no longer a priest. 

This story resonated with me during one of the most difficult times in my life when I felt a loss of purpose and was looking for a change in my career. I booked my tickets to Rome hoping that I could find an answer. I didn’t. I ate enough gelato for life and bartered with the Italian vendors. The experience opened my eyes to a different world and helped me learn that it is ok to be imperfect and be open to change.


June Fang is a current Global Senior Research Manager at a investment research company and Founder of Find Art Gallery, an online art blog. She was born in Guangdong and grew up on the island of St. Croix. June earned a bachelor’s degree in public 0olicy at Syracuse University. She is passionate about environmental policies, improving education and alleviating poverty.

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