I graduated 2011 with a mayor in Anthropology and a minor in Italian. I didn't have a specific reason why I signed up for Italian my first semester. I was just curious. I liked it so much that I pursued the minor. The Italian program opened my eyes to new experiences. I enjoyed all the courses on Italian neorealism. I did the F&M in Italy program which was a summer in Vicchio. I loved it. I practiced my Italian. I had a lot of fun with my classmates and the Lerners. When I did my study abroad in Egypt, I met a lot of Italians who worked at a resort so I became their unofficial translator. I've spoken Italian in Switzerland. I've met Italian tourists in different places and I've helped them with directions. I've met Italian expats and I got a chance to speak in Italian. Before I graduated F&M, the Italian department sent links on teaching positions in Italy. I didn't have any plans after graduation so I applied. I ended working as an English teaching assistant in Brescia, Italy for 7 months. I don't regret it for a minute. I saw a different side of Italy and I felt more like a local than a foreigner. To this day, I might have forgotten a few words here and there but you can drop me anywhere in Italy and I'll survive. The picture is of me during the F&M in Italy Program in Rome circa 2009.