St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
Fall 15 Ambassador
Email: [email protected]
I chose to study in Perugia because I loved the variety of courses offered and I wanted to study in a smaller city where I would actually be able to integrate into the community, as opposed to bigger cities such as Florence or Milan.
I took Italian 110 (Intensive Beginner Italian), HIST 350 (The History and Culture of Food in Italy), THIT 360 (Mafia, Murder, and Mystery: Crime in Italian and American Cinema and Literature) and PSIT 352 (History and Politics of Modern Italy: From the Risorgimento to the Present). My professors were phenomenal and the experience of starting basically from scratch in a language to becoming conversational was priceless. While there were definitely days that I would have preferred less class time, and more time spent exploring Perugia, classes like The History and Culture of Food made integrating cultural immersion and academics so easy. Plus, we got to visit a Parmesean cheese factory IN Parma, which was a beautiful experience. I was also an English Tutor for a local high school, which involved me explaining Drake to a bunch of hopelessly chic Italian teenagers.
My favorite moments during my semester in Perugia were family dinners with the Priori crew and meeting so many amazing, helpful people during tandems. Everyone was so forgiving of mistakes I made with my Italian, and my tendency to slip into Spanish, and it was definitely what helped me learn the language the best. Oh, and cornetti cioccolati or croissants with Nutella.
Speak Italian as much as possible, say yes to everything, and never eat anything that’s not delicious.