As a double major in French & Francophone Studies and Global Studies, through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, I have been able to continue my study of French in addition to learning both Italian and Spanish. During my junior year, I had the pleasure of serving as the resident assistant of the French language house, in which I planned initiatives themed around the language and culture in a community with people of similar interests. I spent the summer of 2018 abroad, teaching English and researching the relationships between language and national identity in Italy and Switzerland, opportunities I would not have had without this department. This year I served as a teaching assistant in the Italian Studies Program, which has been one of my most rewarding experiences at William & Mary. Continuing to build on these experiences, I will be working as an English teacher in Italy after graduation. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that this department.