From Foreign to Foreseeable Landscape

Here we are. It’s been a while since the program ended. The final blog post, the blog post to top it all. What an experience it’s been. From the crazy serotonin highs to sometimes the crippling defeat, it’s been an incredible experience. When I returned, my family and friends asked for stories, and I didn’t…

The Final Horizon

Another week and another blog post. However, this is a particular blog post. This is my second to last one. This is the last week of this trip. We’ve finally reached 100% completion. Somehow, it’s finished. From the first takedown in Berlin to a final one, I never thought the day would come. I’ve said…

Farewell to a Formative Semester in Florence

Formative: capable of giving form. As a last-semester senior, it is easy to see why we tend to have so many mixed emotions. We are scared of the future, and simultaneously excited. We are not ready to say goodbye, but also ready to graduate and start the rest of our lives. It is hard to…

Note to Self – Pre Marseille

Dear August 25th, 2022 me, you will come to learn many things about yourself and the bits of the world you’ve been able to see by the time you get to where I am now writing this. My growth may not be exactly measurable by the eye, but rather by my own self beginning to…

Live in the moment

“Studying abroad changed my life.” This quote may be one of the most stereotypical expressions of students who come home after studying abroad, yet it is impossible to deny that studying abroad changes a person’s life. I intentionally planned this semester abroad. All the details of my life (which so far had been a “typical”…

Updates from Vienna!

Vienna is so beautiful! Living here is unlike anything I have ever experienced before and getting adjusted was definitely something that took time. The everyday culture here is extremely different from what I am used to in life in Pittsburgh. For starters, most businesses and all grocery stores are closed on Sundays. Sunday is a…

Some Salient Self-Reflection

Dear self, while I know that you normally hate cliches, I think in saying studying abroad has changed my life for the better, would perfectly sum up my time here! In the last two months I have learned so much about the culture of Florence, and how to properly navigate the world as an international…

Note to Self

It’s hard to explain how time progresses when you’re abroad. I feel like I’ve lived 3 full lives and simultaneously feel like I only arrived here last week. It’s crazy to me that its already time to reflect on the person that I was when I arrived here over two months ago. A version of…

Experiencing the Down Under

When I was initially accepted into the program, I was surprisingly not as excited as I wish I would have been. I knew study abroad was going to be an incredible experience, but this feeling of hopefulness was something that had been taken away from me in the past. I remember as a freshman how…

Shaping A Cultural Identity

Having the opportunity to come abroad meant being exposed to new cultures and people, which meant learning new habits and ways of life that were unfamiliar from what I was used to. I knew that working and living abroad would be an amazing learning experience, but I also expected challenges to arise from this unfamiliar…