Kristen E. G. Streahle, Cornell University, Art and Architecture of Medieval and Early Renaissance Sicily, 2010 Kress Fellow in Italian

I cannot imagine a better place to learn Italian. Having studied in Rome for a semester before this program, I can say with confidence that I have learned more Italian in seven weeks in Vermont than four months living in Rome. In the beginning, I felt very isolated. A curious type of discomfort is produced when one cannot communicate at the level to which one is accustomed. Then something strange happened. The language descended, manifesting itself in my dreams, my personality, my gestures, my thoughts, and my memories. I now have the tools and support necessary to continue developing my fluency.