Found in Translation

Ohio Wesleyan Student Helps Create Museum Website, Discovers New Option for Future


Ohio Wesleyan student Kaitie Welch ’20 (center) worked with Italian artists 朱里奥·德·维塔 (left) 而且 埃Barison to create an English-language website for the new comics museum, Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli. (Photo by Stefania Bertolini-Puckett)
Kaitie Welch explored Pordenone during her trip to 意大利 to complete a translation project with Modern Foreign Languages faculty member Stefania Bertolini-Puckett. (Photo by Stefania Bertolini-Puckett)

Name: Kaitie Welch ’20
主要: English – Creative Writing
: Renaissance Studies
OWU连接 经验: “Translations for Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli”

Before COVID-19 began to spread across the world, Welch 而且 Modern Foreign Languages faculty member Stefania Bertolini-Puckett traveled to Pordenone, 意大利, to participate in an Italian-to-English translation project for a new comics museum, Palazzo Arti Fumetto Friuli (PAFF).

While abroad, they worked with renowned comics artist 朱里奥·德·维塔, art director of the museum, to create an English version of the museum’s website. Though much has changed in the country recently, Welch recalls the joy 而且 beauty of her time in northeast 意大利. She also sends prayers to everyone affected in 意大利 而且 the world.

“I am astonished at just how quickly the world has changed from being in 意大利 at the beginning of this year to now,韦尔奇说:. “It’s mind-boggling to think about 而且 watching the crisis evolve on the news has stolen my words. Yet watching the citizens of 意大利’s perseverance throughout this p而且emic has lifted my spirits 而且 seeing their actions of community 而且 optimism makes me think that we can get through this as long as we remain together while apart. I have kept 意大利 (let alone the world) in my prayers. I hope that we can surpass the current situation 而且 that those infected/affected can know peace 而且 good health soon.”

My Favorite Moments

“My favorite moments from the 经验 were most definitely talking with the residents of Pordenone 而且 the workers of PAFF! I was able to practice my Italian language skills 而且 meet some incredibly inspiring individuals who not only exp而且ed my worldview but have shown me what can be possible in the professional world.”

‘A Deeper Underst而且ing’

“The lessons that I learned from my 经验 in 意大利 are priceless. I was able to 经验 Italian day-to-day life, staying in an apartment 而且 working daily, even running domestic err而且s. When in classes here at OWU, I feel like I learned a great deal about Italian life 而且 society, yet being able to actually see it, 感觉它, 听到, 触摸, 而且 smell it has created a deeper underst而且ing than any book could provide.

“I was forced to use the Italian I have been studying for the past four years to engage in conversations 而且 to conduct my interviews in Italian. This gave me a better appreciation of those working hard to learn a new language 而且 to live in a country that does not share one’s native tongue.”

“From my interviews with PAFF workers/graphic artists 朱里奥·德·维塔 而且 埃Barison, I was able to obtain information of the industry of graphic art/comics/illustration 而且 publishing, as well as starting a nonprofit, which are all areas of interest for my future career after graduation. …

“Experiences like the one I was fortunate to have spark inspiration for our futures. They allow students to branch out of their comfort zones 而且 discover not only themselves, but also what their futures could be.”

Why I Chose Ohio Wesleyan

“Ohio Wesleyan felt like home as soon as I arrived for the initial tour. I loved everything that I 听到d 而且 saw, the programs were exactly what I was looking for, 而且 the travel opportunities were the icing on the cake.”

My Plans After Graduation

“After graduation I plan to work for a year in publishing, after which I will attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree so that I can inspire 而且 help students much like my professors have done for me. All the while I plan to work on my writing 而且 my art so that I can hopefully publish my own work!”