The Last Assignment

I know that this blog is supposed to be all about how I grew, but I want to add this little preface about the opposite. While in Germany, I lost about 28 pounds and have probably taken almost 5 inches off of my waistline. Okay, now that I’ve said that I can continue. Professionally, I…

Home Sweet Home

Upon arriving in the West it immediately felt like we were in a completely different world. Unlike Pittsburgh International Airport, the airport in Billings, Montana had a maximum of maybe two gates and one quaint area for baggage claims. Men and women dressed in flannel and cowboy hats leaned up against their pickups outside waiting…

The Final Days at HWR

In the middle of my third week here in Berlin and I’m starting to feel like a native. Being forced to use public transportation 24/7 helps immensely. Berlin is a very widespread city, so at times getting places can take a long while –– otherwise the system is extremely efficient and getting a monthly pass…

Transformation

My post trek goal is to be transformed from the experience. I was asked during the program weather i had been transformed by the experience. I did not put much thought in to the response until i had some time to reflect. Now my answer is no not yet. While i may have implemented some…

Never stop learning

My trekking experience through the Himalayas of Northern India provided me with an extreme amount of learning. Lots of this learning came through the guided reflection that our group took part in every day. Hearing six other prospectives on the events of each day provided me with a lot of prospective on other people feelings…

Do I have to go back inside?

I am certain that I will be thinking about the past 12 days of my life for years to come. Our journey started near the base of the Rupin River Valley when we were dropped off by a few Jeeps. Our fresh crew eagerly pitched out tents and settled in to our sleeping bags early….

Environmental Contexts

Currently on my fourth attempt at writing this, but at least I’m at home to write about my abroad experience. I really wish that I could turn off the auto save feature, because it’s only deleted progress over the last two months. This week’s blogpost is about using context clues to solve issues. And I…

Week 1 at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht – Berlin

My first week in Berlin was jam packed with a very international experience. I am the only student from Pitt here at the hostel and in the program so it has really forced to me to branch out and talk to the other students. Our first week had a focus on the startup culture of…

One Almost Final Report

So this program used to be 12 (instead of 8) weeks long and thus the weekly assignments had 12 prompts. Now you might notice that there’s a difference between 12 and 8 (roughly 4) which means that we no longer answer all of the prompts. The second to last prompt (that would normally go unanswered…