To Live and Learn How To Pivot

Wow. Almost over already. Though this semester has not gone ANYTHING like I had anticipated, it has still provided me with some of the most beneficial experiences that I have been able to learn and grow from. This has been especially true in the case of this Global Service-Learning Course.            As I discussed in…

Farewell, GSL…

The end of my sophomore year spring semester is approaching. It is shocking to me to see how much has changed in myself and in my environment over a short, yet seemingly long, four months. While I did not get to travel over spring break as planned, I still received a unique experience that I…

COVID-19: Becoming a Pivot Person

Looking back on this semester, and specifically this class, I’ve learned to never take things for granted. I didn’t realize how lucky I was until I was suddenly ripped from normal life and isolated from everyone I knew. It seemed like everything was crumbling around me. I no longer had a source of income and…

Did somebody say pivot?

Over the course of the past three weeks, life as we all know it has dramatically changed. Back on March 3rd, I was preparing to pack for my trip to Trinidad and my biggest worry was if I would forget to pack my toothpaste. Then March 4th came. Three days before our intended departure. My…

The Game Changer: COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, our trip to Trinidad was cancelled by the University of Pittsburgh for our protection. While this was unexpected, since it was cancelled a mere four days before our departure, I am now able to clearly see that this was in fact the best decision. Seeing as…

COVID-19 Turns the World Upside Down

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, and fast. At first it had been a distant problem. I too was one to think little of the illness. I mean, it was on the other side of the world, right? Little by little it became more and more self-evident that this was a growing concern, more…

With Trinidad So Close…

In just under a week, my team and I will be traveling to the beautiful island of Trinidad and I am so excited! This semester we have spent countless hours completing preliminary research, preparing our scope of work and preparing our best practices deliverable for our client, Nature Seekers. It seems as though all of…

“To the World” in 5 days!

Wow. Time is really flying – I can’t believe we leave for Trinidad in five days. It does not seem like it is that close, but the anticipation is building. While I am extremely excited, I am also nervous. This will be my first time outside of the country and it will be a completely…

Guten Tag, Germany!

Although I have been outside of the country several times, I have only ever been exposed to a foreign business environment once before. I found it very difficult to adjust to the different business culture I was exposed to. In Israel, where I had visited for business purposes, I felt very unprepared walking into my…