Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University with degrees in psychology and French. She then spent two years teaching at a bilingual French school in Massachusetts and one year as a middle school counselor while pursuing a Master of Education from Harvard University. Her passion for Romance languages began at age 11 and she has pursued it ever since by studying, living, and traveling abroad. Amanda first learned Italian at the Dante Alighieri School in Tuscany and later retraced Galileo’s path through Italy with her professors. She spent another summer developing an English text by translating an 18th-century primary source document from French with the Colgate French department. Amanda studied French literature at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, and she has explored more than 25 countries—cooking, skiing, hiking, and immersing herself in every aspect of foreign cultures. Her enthusiasm for outdoor exploration has included backcountry backpacking, kayaking, and canoeing in more than 15 national parks in the United States and Canada. Amanda was the captain of the Colgate Women’s Squash team for two years and is also passionate about the culinary arts. She makes it her mission to learn new recipes and cook with locals in every country she visits. She is fluent in French and proficient in Italian and Spanish, and has led our program in Switzerland, Italy, France, and Holland and, most recently, our program in Italy and Greece.