Buenos Días, Argentina

Hi! My name is Jamie Givnish and I am a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m from Philadelphia, PA and am studying Accounting and with a minor in Creative Writing, as well as a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics. I love being involved on and off campus at Pitt and can’t wait to take my curiosity and energy to Argentina. I compete in freestyle on the Ski and Snowboard Team. Next year, I will serve as the Research Chair of the ACLU Club, the President of American Association of University Women, and a Member of SGB’s Allocation Committee. Professionally, I work for Pitt Athletics and intern at the Women’s Law Project. In my free time, I love running through Schenley park, seeing live music and comedy, and cooking with friends. We recently learned about to make a pizza pie that is possibly better than Sorrento’s.

IES Language and Argentine Studies is a six week long program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I will be taking two classes while abroad: Conversational Spanish and Drugs & Violence in Latin American Art and Literature. I’ve take eleven Spanish credits at Pitt thus far and wanted to study abroad to finally get a better grasp on the language. By the end of my stay, I hope to be able to navigate Buenos Aires while successfully talking to native Spanish speakers. I plan to travel through Peru for two weeks after my program ends where I will really test my new language skills and my ability to travel alone.

One of the reason I chose this program is because of the potential for me to immerse myself in Argentine culture. In my elective class, we will explore the sociopolitcal ramifications of drugs and violence and how they affect and are affected by art and literature. I’m excited to learn about how various aspects of Argentine life come together and produce this deeply rich cultural environment. Furthermore, the housing arrangement is a Homestay. I will live with a family for six weeks in which I will be a guest of their home and adhering to their customs. This will give me a chance to learn as much as I can during my time in Buenos Aires as well as improve my Spanish.

When I leave South America, I intend to bring home with me all of the things I have learned, both in and out of the classroom. For me, this is an experience that will broaden my perspective in many ways. Personally, I want to gain independence and confidence in myself and my traveling abilities, ready to take on new experience. Academically, I hope to hone my Spanish speaking skills and come away with a greater understanding of Latin American culture. Lastly, this will impact me professionally. As a student in Pitt’s CBA, I often hear the phrase, “From the classroom, to the city, to the world”. I have spent a great deal of time in the classroom and even worked on a few class projects in the city – now it is time for the last part. I plan to have a career in accounting that will potentially take me to international locations. This will be my first experience being an adult in “the world” and I could not be more thrilled to see what lays beyond.

-Jamie