I applied to the Culture and Identity Envoy Program because I was interested in having a deep, immersive experience of Italian culture and exploring more of my heritage while studying abroad. As an older student who maybe has more 'life experience' than most traditional students, I wouldn't say I have a lot of world experience. I’m a first-generation college student, who later joined the military, got injured and am now navigating medical disabilities, and ready to start the next chapter of my life. Coming back to school as an adult was not something I planned to do when I was younger, but now that I’m here, I plan to make the most of it. I’d love to share my experiences with others and hopefully encourage them to do the same!