I chose GLS because I wanted the opportunity to study abroad not only my whole first year, but my third year as well. The chance to study abroad for half of your undergraduate career is, in my opinion, the greatest advantage of GLS. The opportunity to build a truly global network and balance life between the U.S. and abroad is an education within itself. Florence, Italy was my abroad location my first and junior year, where I had an internship as an assistant Arabic teacher for Italian students at the Kuwait Institute. Since then I have been able to work as a translator for Intellettuali in Fuga, a project documenting academics and scholars displaced from Italy during the Fascist Era. Having double-majored in Italian Studies and minored in Middle Eastern Islamic Studies, I have constantly strived to pinpoint the intersection of all my academic interests; my GLS senior thesis focused on the works of Amara Lakhous, an author who self-translates his own novels from Italian to Arabic and vice-versa. My next stop will be the University of Oxford where I will be studying Comparative Literature and Critical Translation.