I was hired to work at a law firm after my first year in law school due, in part, to a partner who had unfortunately been denied acceptance into the Centro program, and who wound up attending a program in Athens instead. I had included the Centro on my resume and almost our entire interview was about my experience in Rome. I never imagined that the Centro would help secure first job as a lawyer at a great law firm, which has opened many doors for me.
What’s your favorite memory from your semester?
Thanksgiving. It was the most incredible meal that I still dream about, cooked by Centro staff. Most of all, I remember Centro alumni from years past joining us for the meal and speaking about how much of an impact the Centro had on them.
Which site, museum, or artwork sticks with you?
The sculpture of Laocoön and his sons in the Vatican Museums. Not only did I give a presentation about it, but its impressive beauty stood out all the more in person, especially after first reading the story in Virgil’s Aeneid in high school. After the Centro, Laocoön eventually became the subject of one of my senior theses in college, and I presented on the topic at research symposia at both USC and UC-Berkeley.