I have a confession to make: I quit the internship about a week and a half ago. I haven’t written about it because I actually don’t want to say anything bad about the organisation…just that it was not for me. Maybe some people think that I should have stuck it out, but if it’s not what I want, then I should not stay. I am not going to become like those people who go to work everyday, hating it. We are not supposed to hate our lives. I actually prayed about it a lot before I made the decision. It was quite a depressing time and I think that is always a bad sign. Some jobs are hard but they should not be depressing on a daily basis. If they are, I don’t think you should stay in the long term.
Right now, I am in the middle of a beginner’s Italian language course. I’ve completed about a week and I think it’s going well, but two weeks is obviously a very short amount of time. Unfortunately, I really can’t afford any more than that as language courses are very pricey.
I was speaking to someone after mass yesterday who is in the US army. He told me that prior to moving to Rome, he and his wife did 7 hours of Italian lessons and 2/3 hours of homework 5 days a week for 6 months and he claims that he is still not fluent. I was gobsmacked. I am relying on my prior knowledge of French and the fact that I seem to learn languages quite quickly to get me through. I genuinely think that if I work with Italians, I won’t be long before I’m fluent. I don’t think it is big headed so say that I may not be the best at grammar, but I can pick up a language fairly easily. With that in mind, I am looking for jobs and internships that might put me in a more Italian environment. I cannot carry on living and working with English speakers only and expect to attain a good level of Italian! I am looking into a couple of different places, so prayers would be appreciated 🙂