Information Science, Impostor Syndrome, & Ireland

Hey everyone! My name is Tegan Lapp and I am a rising senior studying Information Science with a minor in Political Science (with a focus on Comparative Politics). I have been at Pitt since my freshman year; however, I was originally enrolled in the Dietrich School with an undecided field of study until I transferred…

Why Waste Such A Special Opportunity?

Hello everyone! My name is Valerie Davis and I am a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am a Media and Professional Communications major on the Corporate/Community Relations track with minors in Political Science and Theatre Arts. I am originally from around 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, so I have been a “yinzer”…

Getting settled in London

Matthew Tate Whalen Jr Blog post number 1 Monday May 23, 2022             I decided to write this post as early in advance as possible because I wanted to write about my feelings pertaining to my internship prior to starting; I would like this post as a benchmark to be able to look back upon and…

Finding Our Way

After arriving in Berlin, we had a very eventful week. Many students had their flights delayed leaving the US due to inclement weather in the northeast. Luckily, I was able to get to Berlin on time. Upon arriving myself and the two other students who made it on time went on a walking tour of…

Adventures of Week 2

Hello everybody! I am writing this on May 23, 2022 and I have officially been in Madrid for a week and a half – and I can honestly say this may be the most exciting week and a half of my life. I am still in such awe of being in Madrid and constantly trying…

Balancing work and fun

After the first week of work, I am starting to adjust to the schedule here in Madrid. For any job, the first week can be the hardest and most stressful. In this case, it was no different. As this is my first official internship experience, and it being in a language that I’m still currently…

Berlin: Balancing the Social Strata

Our four-day orientation in Berlin has come to a close after a trip to Airfield Tempelhof, a former airport with historical significance in WWII. It served as an American military base that organized the Berlin Air Lift, an initiative that dropped off supplies to the people of West Berlin, which helped people sustain themselves for…

Am I a Madrileña yet?

¡Hola todxs! A little update: We are back and better than ever! ¡Amo a Madrid con toda mi alma! These first five days have been packed with exploring the different neighborhoods, making new friends, and trying to understand what my host family is saying to me. I would have to say my favorite part of…

Observations from the Hospital

One week down, seven more to go! The first four days have been an incredible learning experience, both in regards to adjusting to the language as well as to the work environment of the hospital. To briefly describe my position, I am mainly at the hospital in an observational capacity. This makes sense, as unlike…