I first decided to take an Italian class my freshman year to gain a better understanding of a language I had grown up with, as both of my parents immigrated from Italy. The following years, as more and more classes focused on aspects of Italian literature and culture piqued my interest, I decided I wanted to pursue a minor in Italian studies. I ended up being a TA for Italian 101 and 102 for three semesters, which proved to be an extremely rewarding experience. Last summer I had an opportunity to study abroad in Bologna. There, I broadened my understanding of Italian culture. After graduating, I will be interning for a few weeks at the Library of Congress’s European Reading Room where I will be working with the Italian literature collections.