My Italian minor shaped my college experience in ways I never imagined. I began taking courses my freshman year strictly to fulfill language requirements, but quickly fell in love with the language and culture. My sophomore year I spent a semester in Perugia, Italy, where I learned to break out of my comfort zone and make intelligent risks. My MLL courses and international exposure have greatly fueled my curiosity for the world around me and helped me become more flexible and open-minded. Additionally, they have rounded out my business degree beautifully. One of my favorite accomplishments during my time here was creating a bilingual travel blog that allowed me to combine my backgrounds in Marketing and Italian Studies. In my opinion, cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity is critically important in our interconnected world. Eventually, I’d love to continue to broaden my perspective through graduate school or employment abroad.