Throughout his life, Marc always had a passion for learning. He grew up in a bilingual household, speaking both Italian and English, and early in his life, he took a French Arts class. He loved cultures, visiting museums and calling them “his own amusement park.”
Marc graduated from high school with 30 Advanced Placement college credits and chose HCC for its rigorous James W. Rouse Scholar honors program.
After taking two classes taught by HCC’s dean of social sciences, Dr. Laura Cripps, Marc’s curiosity about archaeology grew. “It gave me a new appreciation for culture,” he said. Interested in becoming an archaeologist, he had participated in research digs and excavations but states that the classes “sealed the deal” for him.
Marc graduated from HCC, and then transferred to Dickinson College in Pennsylvania as a junior, and declared his major as archaeology with a minor in anthropology.
While at Dickinson, Marc applied for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for study abroad. The national program allows students to go abroad to learn and understand people of other countries and share knowledge about the U.S.
The Fulbright program also supports Marc’s living expenses as he studies for his master’s degree at Vrije Universitet in Amsterdam. He also takes classes at the University of Amsterdam through the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology. "One thing I don't have to worry about," Marc says.
“When I got the final notification, I had to sit down.” Marc says of his acceptance into the Fulbright program. “One of the first times that I really felt I deserved something … I worked really hard for it and it paid off.”
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