This semester, I made much more of an effort to get involved in Baccano, and I can say that it was definitely worth it. The Italian Club is still pretty small here at OU because of a couple factors: the management was pretty bad before Busciglio came on, everyone in the club is very busy because they’re mostly older students, and there just simply isn’t a large Italian program here at OU. That being said, we were still able to have a few successful events, namely Caffe e Conversazioni, that were really fun and valuable for my Italian learning.
I was able to attend all four group conversation events this year and it was really rewarding. For most of them, there were only about five people there, but those five people were always excited to practice their Italian and improve. Actually speaking with people is obviously invaluable to learning a language. Books can’t teach you everything even if we’d like to believe they can (and it would certainly make language learning a much less stressful process). Also, even though I was speaking in my Italian 4 class, I was pumped to have a casual conversation with people in Italian again. I’d been missing it since coming back from Bologna and our little talks helped alleviate some of those itches.
In the future, I’m hoping to have the time to get more involved in the club and move it forward. With research, work and fraternity life, however, that looks to be a bit of a far-off dream. I’m still looking forward to the club for next year even if I can’t get too deep into it, and I’m excited to see where it goes from here.