That’s totally okay and encouraged! I came to Bennington after studying French for 8 years, and I decided I wanted to take Italian. It’s always helpful if you’ve taken another language (especially a romance language or Latin) and have the passion to learn a new language.
From personal experience-and I’m sure my classmates would agree-the Italian professor, Barbara Alfano, is amazing. She puts her heart into every class, and we are always learning in a creative way (e.g. watching a film and describing scenes, learning about current Italian issues, performing little dialogues that we write, etc.). I definitely suggest you meet Barbara and chat with her. She is excited to meet with new students and always makes time.