"I am so grateful for having had the chance to study Italian at ANU as it has given me incredible opportunities, experiences, and has allowed me to meet amazing people right from in the classroom to the other side of the world."
Corinne studied a Bachelor of Medical Science at ANU and chose to study Italian as an elective.
Here is Corinne's account of how studying Italian as part of her program has proven essential in her profession:
"The Australian Institute of Sport European Training Centre (AIS ETC) is an Olympic training centre based on Lake Varese in North Italy and is the place I am now lucky enough to call home thanks to my Italian studies.
In 2012 I began a Bachelor of Medical Science at ANU and chose to study Italian as an elective. I had lived in Italy until moving to Australia at the age of 8, so it had always been important to me to continue improving my Italian and to learn about the culture I come from. After completing my degree in 2014, I was fortunate enough to receive a Post-Graduate Scholarship in Sports Science and Sports Medicine at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, working in Haematology and Biochemistry. Throughout this year I completed honours with AIS/UC in haematology and was exposed to the crazy and exciting world of sport, as well as learning about just how much research plays an important role in our Olympic goal medals. It was working here that I also found out about the AIS ETC, and I immediately made it my goal to get myself a job over there! By the end of 2015, I was packing my bags to start my new adventure in Italy as Sports Coordinator at the AIS ETC!
I now live in a beautiful town called Gavirate which is about 15 minutes away from Varese city and 40 minutes from Milan. The town has lots of little cafes where I treat myself almost every day to delicious pastries, brioche, dolci (sweets) and espresso! The restaurants have the best pastas, pizzas, meats and mozzarellas I have ever tasted!! There are also lots of little fashion boutiques with amazing quality clothing and shoes, all up to the latest fashion. All of this is surrounded by beautiful green trees, mountains and lakes – from a balcony on one side of my apartment you can see the Swiss Alps, and from the other you can see Lake Varese! Lake Varese is magical; there is never a day where it looks the same. Every morning I take a photo from my office which overlooks the lake, as it is always filled with different colours.
Lake Varese is one of the Top-5 best lakes in the world for rowing and is located pretty much in the centre of Europe – it is for this reason that the Australian Sports Commission chose to place their European Training Centre here and made it their ‘home away from home’ for Australian athletes. Not only does it offer world-class facilities to Australian athletes, but also to international athletes, as we help them in achieving their sporting goals. Here I work with a team of multi-lingual Australians and Italians. My role involves organising and coordinating all athletes, coaches, team managers and health-practitioners which come to stay at the centre. This includes a lot of communicating and working with internal and external facilities and services in Italian as well as dealing with many international people. It is an exciting and exhilarating job, which exposes me to different cultures and people from all over the world.
It is now, living and working in Italy, that I am able to see the way that Italian classes helped me learn both how to communicate and how the Italian culture differs to that of Australia. Throughout work especially; writing and speaking formally (il formale), how to start and end an email/letter, the setup of a workplace and the way Italians interact with their bosses and employees – it is all different to what we are used to in Australia. Being able to put Italian studies to a Tertiary-advanced level from a highly ranked university on my CV definitely helped me to get to where I am now. I am so grateful for having had the chance to study Italian at ANU as it has given me incredible opportunities, experiences, and has allowed me to meet amazing people right from in the classroom to the other side of the world. I would highly recommend anyone who has an interest and passion for the Italian language and culture to study Italian at ANU."