Lessons Learned and Advice for Future Groups

Hi everyone! We have just about reached the end of this semester and it is certainly one most of us will never forget for the rest of our lives. Not only did it feel like it went on forever, but we were forced to overcome many challenges both as students and personally. Obviously, the main…

And that’s a Wrap

My experiences in my Global Service Learning have been interesting to say the least, and the class did not go at all how I expected. Due to the constantly evolving nature of this course, I was able to learn a few key lessons. The first of which is that life is unpredictable and has a…

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…

Tough Situations Build Strong People

As my last semester as a sophomore nears to an end, I have much to reflect upon. While I still allow myself to think about the experiences I missed out on, the ones I gained are more important. When I first started this program, the fear of the Bolivian presidential election was the only event…

Lessons From (almost) Global Service Learning

Going into this semester, I had no idea what was in store or how our service learning project would unfold. If you had told me in January that our trip to Bolivia would be cancelled, I would have said you were crazy. I wouldn’t have been able to imagine that the last few weeks of…

To The World (Kinda?)

Sometimes I find it difficult to relate what I’ve learned from the classroom to the real world. It seems that many times there is a metaphorical wall blocking those skills learned to transfer outside of classroom. I’ve felt this way about many courses, wondering if they were worth the time and effort spent on them….

My Final Reflection on GSL

Hello everyone, welcome back for my final blog post for the Global Service Learning: Trinidad program. While it did not go exactly how I wanted it to go and we were unable to travel abroad, I still learned a lot of invaluable lessons throughout my experience. The first main lesson that I learned is to…

The Largest Pivot I Hope to Ever Have to Take

I have learned a lot about myself, school, and life throughout the last month. Coming into my final week of the spring 2020 semester, I feel tired. The University of Pittsburgh usually ends for the summer a week or so earlier than other universities and I am very thankful for that this year. Although I…

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…