"By my senior year I realized I had many academic interests and I had the pleasure and opportunity to see the Italian Department grow as I grew. History, fashion, psychology, religion, sociology, literature and more can all be found in the Italian Department, and that is what I loved most about being an Italian major. Everything I wanted was already there, and I was able to also work on improving my romance language skills at the same time. I am most appreciative of the space and freedom I was given in pursuing my thesis topic. I was able to combine literary analysis with history and sociology to talk about Italian colonialism in Somalia, focusing it through the work of Igiaba Scego, an Italian author of Somalian descent. I felt supported from freshman year to senior year. Given the opportunity I would choose Italian again, and I would likely take more language courses as well." - Allegra Fletcher