11/16/2017

Alumni Profile: Colin Gilroy ‘01

While at F&M, studying Italian allowed me to spend a summer in Bologna, fall semester of junior year in Milan, and conduct an independent study on the influence of saints in Italy. Since graduation, my Italian has allowed me to travel to the small towns where I'm the only English speaker, like Brisighella (pictured). Knowing the language has opened up countless experiences: dining with Franciscan friars inside Assisi Cathedral, teaching English to a class of students in Varese, and having long conversations with locals to pass the time on the train. In New York (post graduation), Italian allowed me to act and sing (in Italian) in La Cantata dei Pastori at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. I played Giuseppe. While I've followed a career in television production, Italian will crop up every now and then. Just recently I translated Italian dialogue for a show I worked on. Needless to say, studying Italian at F&M has enriched many aspects of my life.

 

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