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…

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…

Fear of the Unknown

I think everyone has a little bit of fear surrounding the unknown and what “could be”. Coming into my international internship and this global experience as a whole, this fear is exactly what plagued my thoughts. I didn’t know anyone on my program except for one person, and I had no prior knowledge of the…

My Skills Abroad

As my semester has progressed, my soft skills have gained a whole lot of attention. The soft skill that I feel has been most worked on that maybe had not of been as focused on had I not been abroad, was teamwork. Although when I say teamwork, I mean beyond just the classroom. For me,…

Checking in From Vienna!

So far all of my classes have been amazing. I am taking all major classes while being here which include Responsible Consumer Behavior, Sustainable Tourism, Corporate Finance, International Macroeconomics and Marketing Analytics. They are all really great so far but very different from what I am used to in the US.  To start, all of…