Buongiorno a tutti! My name is Patrick Bouthillette and I am a senior at Curry College studying Communication with a concentration in Television/Broadcast Journalism. I was captivated by the idea of studying abroad ever since I went on a faculty-led trip to France my senior year of high school, after that I could not wait to have the chance to travel again. I studied abroad with AIFS in Spring 2020 and it was truly the most incredible experience. I grew so much through my experience abroad by being able to learn a foreign language, making amazing friends that live throughout the U.S. that I still keep in touch with and trying so many different and new types of food! My favorite experience from abroad has to either be the faculty-led weekend trip to Venice or the Italian cooking class where I learned how to make homemade ravioli and tiramisu and I got to take the recipe home to the U.S! My biggest advice to everyone who plans on studying abroad: Enjoy every moment you’re abroad it goes by way too fast, and (safely) expand your comfort zone!