Auf Wiedersehen, Wien!

When I first arrived in Vienna on September 7th, it was a warm sunny day. We had several weeks of nice weather until Summer officially came to a close in late September. Then, the leaves on the trees began to change colors, and the Fall season was in full swing. Now, as I sit here…

Concluding my Time in Vienna

Wrapping up my semester abroad with a video compilation of some of the most beautiful places I’ve been so far!

Note to my past self

Dear past self, I know you are feeling a wide range of emotions pre-departure. You’re nervous, anxious, excited, curious, and much more. You have spent so much time imagining yourself living abroad and living through a variety of different situations. What I can tell you now is that no matter how many scenarios you have…

A Letter to My Pre-Departure Self

As my time abroad comes to an end, I’ve been fortunate enough to reflect on all the different ways that I’ve grown within the last few months. Studying in Vienna has provided an immense amount of opportunities that I will look back on fondly. Experiencing a different education style has broadened my perspective with a…

Making Progress

With only about a month left to my semester abroad, it seems an appropriate time to sit down and reflect upon the progress of my personal goals. Before arriving to Vienna, it was a goal of mine to not only develop several professional skills through this semester abroad, but to also learn and grow as…

Entshuldigung-ing and Exploring

I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t absolutely horrified the first time I caught the German phrase for “excuse me” — hearing “Entshuldigung!” in the middle of a crowded grocery store had me perplexed for hours. How is that word even spelled? Am I sure I caught it correctly? How can anyone actually…

Leben in Wien

It’s been almost a full month since my move to Vienna. Since then, I’ve come across a handful of challenges and new “normals” that have required getting adjusted to. Fortunately, my two week German class has prepared me with the basics to make my transition smoother than expected. My first class officially started on October…

Starting My Semester in Vienna

Hi! My name is Ava Groll and I’m a current senior at the University of Pittsburgh. I study Finance and Business Information Systems while also planning to obtain a duel-minor in Economics and Legal Studies. After college, I look forward to pursuing a possible IT-related career at a large corporation, preferably in the Boston or…