Since a young age, I have been exposed to a multicultural background; I grew up in Michigan speaking Italian with my father and English with my mother since my parents are Italian and Canadian immigrants. This bilingualism and the opportunity to study, work, and travel abroad on many occasions have allowed me to interpret the world through a variety of perspectives, and also to become familiar with different cultures and identities. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in International Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity. After graduation, I interned in Rome at the “International Fund for Agricultural Development” (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries, where I worked in the Field Communications and Capacity Development Unit. My academic and professional experiences have positively affected my sense of identity and helped me relate my interest in international studies to social, cultural, and political issues on a global level.
I am motivated by the possibility of engaging people, places, and ideas in a multicultural and interdisciplinary academic environment and pursuing professional opportunities in international institutions and non-profit organizations. At Columbia, I am interested in exploring questions of gender and women’s rights, and the role of education in promoting cultural diversity and facilitating constructive debate on pressing political and ideologically charged issues of migration and border-crossing in the contemporary globalized world.
- Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 2016