Studying Abroad Made Me a Better Person (So You Should Do It Too)

Everyone should go abroad at some point in their lives. I spent my summer in Madrid with the primary goal of becoming a more proficient Spanish speaker, yet what I received from the experience was much more transformative (although I did become a better Spanish speaker). I have found that it is very easy to…

Post-Berlin Reflection

What an eventful nine weeks. This marks the end of our weekly blog posts and the program as a whole, leaving me very bittersweet. I am very sad to be leaving Berlin, the friends, places, and things about the city I have come to love. However I am also excited to see my family and…

A Look Back

Partaking in the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer 2022 International Internship Program has been and honor and a privilege I will remember for the rest of my life, and am so grateful to have been allowed such an opportunity. For 8 weeks I was a marketing intern for Intrepid Spirits, a spirits company that manages many…

Farewell, Dublin!

My last week in Dublin has brought many different waves of emotions. Part of me is thrilled to be reunited with family and a sense of general familiarity, but the rest of me will miss everything that living in Dublin has blessed me with. This final week my friends and I took the time to…

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I am a firm believer that traveling is one of the best ways a human can grow. Immersing yourself in a brand new culture helps us understand new points of view. After spending a summer in Dublin, I have been able to grow as an employee, student, and young adult. I might be back in…

My body to New York, My heart to Dublin, My soul to Ireland

I entered this international internship program with several goals for my personal and professional development. Reflecting on my experience, I can not think of a single goal that was neglected. Numerous aspects of my international experience have shaped me to become a better individual, student, and employee. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and…

Home Stretch

Oh my, it’s the last week. I can’t believe I’m already saying that. One more week in Berlin and I’m out of Europe for a while. Well, kind of. This weekend I’m taking a short trip to Strasbourg, France which I’m seriously looking forward to, and then I’m returning to Berlin to meet up with…

Berlin Dreaming

My international experience in Berlin this summer was more than anything I could’ve dreamt of, and I feel like I experienced something much larger than who I am or what I’ve seen before. I think I am in the midst of the typical, post-departure liminal floating space that so many people who have studied abroad…

The Unexpected Souvenir

I can’t believe our eight weeks are over. It seemed like forever ago that I was waiting in the customs line in a country where I knew no one. Our last week there flew by. After my bike ride in Killarney I knew I wanted to fit in as much as possible for my last…