Being a part of the Italian department has been one of my best choices in college. Even though Italian did not come easy to me, the Professor’s have always encouraged and challenged me. I have enjoyed the engaging classes that I have been able to take with the department. Speaking Italian allowed me to study abroad in Siena, Italy for 8 months and find my famiglia italiana. I will be visiting them for a month after graduation! I am very grateful to have spent so much time studying something I am so passionate about. Without Italian, I would never have conducted my honors thesis on asylum seekers in Siena. After graduation I will be taking a gap year to work with asylum seekers in the US. Then I plan to go to graduate school in Anthropology concentrating on asylum seekers in Italy.