My studies in MLL have permitted me to meet incredible people around the world and right here on campus. Taking language classes really creates a bond between people! From these friendships I have gained a more global perspective. One of my favorite things to do while studying abroad was to ask my friends their opinions on current events ranging from international affairs to pop culture. The people that I have met through my studies in MLL have helped me grow as an individual and widen my horizons. I believe that studying Italian is more than learning grammar and vocabulary. Instead, it is a gateway to understanding a foreign culture, new perspectives, and yourself. The skills and perspectives that I have garnered during my time in the department will without doubt help me succeed in my career.