2008 Graduate embraces Italian culture while on a Fulbright Scholarship
For alumna Elise Cimino the opportunity to study abroad in Italy after graduating from USD is proving to be the experience of a lifetime. The 2008 graduate with a degree in Communication Studies is currently living in Catania, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship. While studying Italian culture, Cimino is teaching American culture and English to Italian high school students. After her Fulbright, Cimino is considering a graduate program in Italian Studies, with the hope of teaching elementary education one day.
The fact that USD is a small school, with a low student faculty ratio where she could develop strong academic relationships with her professors, greatly influenced her decision to attend USD.
During her undergraduate days at USD, Cimino participated in the campus community through a variety of activities. She worked as a Resident Advisor for two years in the freshman dorms and was also very active in University Ministry. Never having missed a USD home football game, she believes that supporting campus activities helped her make the most out of her time at USD, and helped her to become a well rounded student. On the academic side she was a member of Mortar Board, the Senior Honor Society and Lambda Pi Eta, the communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association.
The academic support that Cimino received from faculty was another important component of her undergraduate experience. The fact that USD is a small school, with a low student faculty ratio where she could develop strong academic relationships with her professors, greatly influenced her decision to attend USD.
The Catholic identity of USD was also a determining factor in Cimino’s decision to attend USD. As a member of University Ministry she enjoyed and still misses the USD masses that are held in Founders Chapel. Currently she attends mass in Italy, using her Catholic faith and involvement with her local church as a way to connect with her new community.
Through the Fulbright program in Italy, her work as a high school teacher, her local church, and the opportunity to meet with relatives currently living Calabria, Italy, Cimino has connected with her Italian community. As she continues her year abroad she looks forward to further immersing herself in the Italian culture while making the most of her experience in Italy.