Sometimes I really have to remind myself that I am here for school. When you are jetting from place to place, eating the greatest food of your life, and living on your own it is very easy to forget that at the end of the day I am a student in this country. However, I was very pleased with the gradual submersion into school at Cattolica. I came to Milan a few weeks before classes started in order to take a pre-intensive Italian class.
Referring to this Italian class as a pre-intensive is highly accurate. I have never taken any type of pre-intensive course, and the truth is it is quite intense to say the least. The class is two weeks for three credits. I am not one to have a great aptitude for languages but despite some initial resistance I went into the course as open minded as possible.
This class really did help me so much, I feel as though I have such a better grasp for the Italian language after this course. Of course I am not fluent by any means however, I think more than anything I just feel a little more confident in my own abilities. The trick is you must be willing to make mistakes. This class could not have been any more openminded, and non judgmental. Our professor, Andrea was just the cherry on top of the sundae! I really felt as though we worked together to complete this course as one. In no way shape or form was this easy for me. This course meant waking up everyday early for hours of Italian. I would be lying though if I said I regretted taking this course, I am very pleased with my decision.
The pre-intensive course just ended Friday, and we started real classes Monday. That was a strange transition. We went from studying a lot, taking a final exam on a Friday, to starting over on Monday. I am very pleased with how my schedule worked out. This being my last semester, I really had the free rein to take anything at my heart’s content. I am focusing on my passions for the media. My classes include: Dramaturgy, Methods of Illusion, and Television, Advertising, Music. Dramaturgy, and Methods of Illusion are being taught with the same professor, and a lot of my fellow classmates are taking both courses. These professors seem so accomplished; I look forward to learning from them. There are also many field trips & guest lectures planned for these courses, which I am beyond excited for. My earliest class is 11:30 and I have no classes on Friday, so I cannot complain about that either. The classes are long, but full of interesting content. I am just looking forward to all this semester has to offer!