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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

Notes from Abroad: Karla in Italy

International Relations and Finance major, Karla Figueroa ’19, has studied at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy

Thank you for making it possible for me to attend the John Felice Rome Center. I am a finance and international relations double major and a Russian minor. I aspire to have a career in corporate finance and I am thinking about Law School. The scholarship you have provided for me will help me achieve these dreams. I took classes in Finance, Italian culture and language, and even, a class dedicated to Food and Wine. Because of your support, I am able to thrive in an environment different from any I have known before.

Studying in Rome, Italy was a brand-new experience. While the classroom sizes and teaching styles were similar to those at Lake Forest, I had to learn a plethora of things: the Italian language, how to take public transportation, how to drink a proper “Café,” and even how to de-Americanize my palate. Turns out, Spaghetti and meatballs are NOT Italian. While Rome is vastly different from America (and even, from anywhere else I had been in Europe), the experience led me to take more risks—I even took a Drawing Class. Of course, this was my very first drawing experience and of course, I made a fool of myself every day. First, my professor was Italian, and it was difficult to adapt to his teaching mannerisms and to the art he expected from us—this was, after all, a beginner class. However, I am very glad I put in the work. I had to spend countless hours in the studio, but this is how I met one of my best friends. The work I produced was definitely not the best in class, but it was the very best I could do, and I was very proud of it.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

P.S. the last picture is of me after I climbed Mt. Pasubio in Northern Italy.
Forever grateful,
Karla Figueroa