Italian Alumnae Stories

Alumnae, in their own words, describe how they leveraged their undergraduate experiences with the Italian program to further their post-graduation ambitions. Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Candice Whitney
Candice Whitney ’15: My Italian language skills helped me learn basic French and Moroccan Arabic and continue my work and research in Morocco and Italy.
Sophia Spector '15
Sophia Spector '15: my italian major helped me discover my true passion and prepared me for my career.
Kristina Varade
Kristina Varade '02: ... when academic curiosity becomes a professional reality.
Susanna Gilbert
Susannah Gilbert '13: My love for Italy, the Italian language and culture have remained a huge part of my life and are a constant source of joy every day.
Alaine Johnson
Alaine Johnson '10: To immerse myself in another language, culture, and in literature that was socially and politically significant was truly powerful.
Alexandra Ekstein-Kon '11
Alexandra Ekstein-Kon '11: studying Italian at Mount Holyoke was the catalyst that gave me the tools I needed to make the move to Europe.
Alexandra Ekstein-Kon '11 Ca' Foscari Internship
Alexandra Ekstein-Kon '11: My internship experience was fantastic because of the wonderful people I worked with and the magical city that is Venice.
Kathryn Higgins '12 Ca' Foscari Internship
Kathryn Higgins '12: If you have always dreamed of being an explorer, or if you are in love with the Italian language, I recommend this internship.
Marly Stasi
Marly L. Stasi '12: I studied history, literature, language, art, and culture, because an italian major is by no means limited to a language alone.