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Over the years I have been very involved in my community and school. Being a part of
something helps to define who you are as a person and the principles and values you hold
as important. A personal experience that helps to show my talents and skills can be
illustrated by my trip to Italy last April with the MHS Language Department.


Over the past ten years, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively around the
United States and Canada with my family so traveling abroad to Italy seemed like a natural
adventure. I anticipated that my journey to Italy to be very similar to my previous
experiences, with the addition of seeing some of the most beautiful landmarks and
paintings in the world. When I arrived, I discovered an entirely different culture and
attitude towards Americans. Conversation was difficult and I felt out-of-place. Italians
were able to tell me apart even before I said a word. Anti-American graffiti were written
on the stone walls of Rome which made me feel very unwelcomed.


On the other hand, some Italians were very helpful in assisting our group with directions
and landmarks to visit. Being able to read their body language and gestures helped ease
communications problems.


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