Family has always been of great importance to me and something that I value very strongly. I grew up in an all-girl household with my mom and older sister while my dad and two older half-brothers live in Italy. Living in a household just us girls has brought us together and made the bond between us very strong. My parents have always taught me and my sister that family always comes first and that is something that has always stuck with me. Even though my father and his side of the family live in Italy both of my parents have made an effort to keep our family very close and connected as a unit. That is something that I love and appreciate and even being miles away from my father I still feel as though I can go to him with anything. Beyond my immediate family, I have 16 cousins and I have a great, really close relationship with every one of them. My entire family from both from my mom and dad's side spend Christmas, thanksgiving and other big holidays together. This is something that I hope to continue as a tradition for many, many years.
Submitted by Julia Borghi