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The Romance studies department is home to four languages of study: French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Tar Heels in each language shared about their passion for their majors or areas of graduate study, their favorite memories inside and outside the classroom and their dreams for life after Carolina.

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Katherine Ropp

A junior French minor, music major and multifaceted artist

Read more about French and Ropp’s time at UNC

Pina Gemboni

A graduate student in Italian studies and instructor for all levels of Italian and introductory Spanish

Read more about Italian and Gemboni’s Carolina experience

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Del Rodriguez

A junior Portuguese major, Spanish speaker and first-generation student

Read more about Portuguese and Rodriguez’s favorite Tar Heel memories

Molly Kerrigan

A junior Spanish and biology double major with a passion for expanding healthcare access

Read more about Spanish and Kerrigan’s Carolina experience