I began taking Italian my freshman year to fulfill my language requirement and quickly realized that I loved the language, culture, and history of the country. I started to take any class that somehow related to Italy and decided to continue my studies through studying abroad. I spent the summer after my Junior year in Siena, Italy in a full-immersion program and had an amazing time. I learned so much and my time in Italy reiterated my desire to pursue a career where I could use my Italian and further my understanding of Italian culture. I feel that my experiences with the Italian department at William and Mary and my study abroad experience have made me a better, more informed global citizen and I feel fortunate to have had these opportunities. I am so thankful to Professoressa Boyle and Professoressa Seger who encouraged me to continue with Italian and have been so supportive and patient as I continue to learn.