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Video: Learning Italian and expanding horizons in Rome

Author: Todd Boruff

“Rome is just amazing. There’s no other city like it,” said Andrew Guinan, a senior Italian and accounting major at the University of Notre Dame.

Guinan spent the 2016 spring semester in Notre Dame International’s Rome study abroad program, and he stayed through the summer to intern with the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Commission. Initially, he was nervous about going to Rome, having never been out of the United States before. 

“I decided: Take the leap, just go try it, see what happens,” he said.

A student of Italian since his first year at Notre Dame, Guinan found himself supported by Notre Dame's extensive resources in the city, based at the Rome Global Gateway. He valued the opportunity to experience the culture first-hand and immersed himself in the language. 

“The language itself is so fun to learn. I know I have gotten a lot better because I've been using Italian on a daily basis,” he said. “I’ve learned to depend on myself and become more confident in my skills. I’ve just loved my time here.”

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