Italian Language and a Passion to Learn

Please respond to one of the prompts below: Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning. (250 word limit)

The air in my grandparent’s house is filled with the aroma of pomodoro sauce and the sounds of a slightly out-of-tune piano. There is a contagious energy the minute you walk through the door. Sunday afternoons are marked by delicious meals, family reunions, and chaotic Italian phrases spoken over a large dining room table. My grandparents are first-generation Italian-Americans who have always been thrilled to share their language and culture with me. For years I sat mesmerized by the Italian language spoken over meals, awestruck by the ease of those speaking and the confusion of those watching.

When choosing a language to speak in high school, I was delighted to find that Italian was offered. For the past four years, sixth-period Italian class has reminded me of those wonderful Sunday afternoons. Over the years, words that filled notebook pages have finally become fluid conversations. Excited by the power of language, I joined the Italian Culture Club and participated in the Italian Art and Poetry Competition at my local university where I illustrated the program cover with a pen and ink drawing of Dante. It has truly been an exciting journey to learn about Italian cultures and uncover the power of language.

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