Why Is It So Difficult to Make the Changes We Will Need to Make to Attain Our Dreams? There is all sorts of strange things you need to also know about to receive a PhD, at least in Italian literature. It was not sufficient to speak eloquent, academic-level Italian. I really was going to have to pass proficiency examinations up to three different languages, in other love languages to unrelated types such as German. Theoretically that was so we can read literary criticism on a worldwide scale. I would have had to read and have the ability to talk at length in a dental examination on each single important job of Italian literature within a roughly 1,000 year period. During faculty and for several years later. I put the groundwork to return to school to get a PhD in Italian literature.

I always planned to be a professor.

Throughout college and for many years after. I laid the groundwork to go back to school for a PhD in Italian literature.

Travel writing was meant to be a way to pay the bills legally while I was in Italian working on research for a dissertation.

There’s all sorts of odd things you have to also learn about to get a PhD, at least in Italian literature.

It wasn’t enough to speak fluent, academic-level Italian. I actually was going to need to pass proficiency tests in up to three other languages, from other romance languages to unrelated ones like German. Theoretically this was so we could read literary criticism on a global scale.

I also would have needed to read and be able to speak at length in an oral exam on every single significant work of Italian literature over a roughly 1,000 year period.

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