Language Assistants and Mentor

The Italian Studies Department has an array of language resources useful to students learning Italian. These include the Italian Floor Living Learning Community, as well as the Language Assistants and the Language Mentor who support language learning through weekly interactive activities and cultural events. The weekly Language Table is a shared meal which provides opportunities to informally practice speaking Italian with the Language Assistants, faculty members, and students. The Q&A sessions with the Language Mentor offer more support around the concepts of learning the language.

Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Italian Floor by contacting Residential Life.

Language Table and Q&A hours

Marianna Maddock, Italian Language Assistant

Marianna Maddock, Language Assistant for Italian

Ehilà! My name is Marianna, I’m Italian American who was born and raised in a little provincial town 30 minutes north of Rome. I’m an Economics major, a Global Business Nexus minor (and maybe something more in the making) and have studied abroad in Shanghai, China in the spring of my Junior Year. This past summer, I interned with CISabroad in their Italian headquarters in Rome as the Senior Site Director Assistant. Among the many interests of mine are sports, specifically soccer (I was the only girl in my province and region to play with a boys’ soccer club), reading British Classics, watching movies and travelling. Also, I’ve been studying Chinese since my first year here at Mount Holyoke College and Mulan was the main reason for my venturing into the Chinese language.

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Rachel Murgo, Language Assistant for Italian

Ciao! My name is Rachel Murgo and I am a senior at MHC. I major in Russian Literature and Culture and minor in Italian. I have been studying Italian since elementary school, and I have always loved the language and culture. This semester, I will be working as a Language Assistant for Italian, and also for Russian.

Evvie Halpert, Italian Language Assistant

Evvie Halpert, Language Assistant for Italian

I'm a senior and I am majoring in Italian and East Asian Studies. I am very interested in cultures and languages. In my free time I like to hike, play the cello, and write subtitles. I enjoy answering questions about Italian and helping others learn more about this beautiful language.