Arrivederci Firenze

Ciao, this is my final blog post on my experiences in Florence, Italy. I am extremely sad that my program was cut short because of the corona virus, but I will cherish the time I got in Italy forever. It is heart breaking to see how different Italy is now (and the rest of the…

My New Home Away From Home

Before I answer the questions for our last blog post of the semester, I wanted to look back at these last two months. This has been, by far, the best experience of my life, and I feel it has matured me more than I could have imagined. The perspective that this trip has given me…

How My Life Got Twist Turned Upside Down..

Four days till spring break and that meant four days until I would finally be arriving in Germany, or so I thought. COVID-19 was spreading rapidly across the world. What had started as a pandemic that was believed to never reach our borders, was now the reasoning behind our trip being cancelled. At first it…

A Final Thank You

Although it was cut short, my time in Sydney was nothing less than amazing. My weeks were filled with learning so much at my internship while my weekends were all about exploring new areas of Sydney and new cities all around Australia. While it was challenging navigating a new city, learning new Australian slang, and…

Continuing our work in a time full of uncertainty.

With the current state of COVID-19, it is clear that the University made the correct choice by not having us travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia over Spring break this year. When the news first broke, we were all devastated because we had been working all semester for our clients, Amizade and CEOLI, and we were finally…

COVID Creates Challenges

No one could have guessed this is where we would be as a world. I remember reading about the first discovery of the coronavirus and never once thinking it could evolve into what we are experiencing today. This epidemic has affected my family in many ways. I live in Montgomery County which was one of…

The Impacts of COVID-19

Well that was certainly an interesting couple of weeks. After reading my last blog you learned all about the things that I hoped to gain and accomplish during our trip to Bolivia over spring break. Unfortunately, as you all know or expected, we were unable to travel to Bolivia due to the worldwide pandemic of…

Ramifications

Upon learning of spring break program cancelations, I was disappointed and surprised. The closest-reaching impact of the coronavirus to my life at that point was the shutdown of my roommate’s semester in Florence. This made sense to me due to the widespread outbreak Italy was facing. In the case of GSL Puerto Rico’s cancelation, I…

How a Global Pandemic Affected my Studying Abroad

“Pivot!” This is a motto that the professors for this class use a lot. It means to always be on your toes expecting some complications while working through your project and being resilient and solving the issue in order to still execute what you promised you would. I always heard them say it, but I…