Excited for Germany

I’m very excited to be embarking on our travel to Germany in four weeks! It will be incredibly valuable to our project that we can connect face-to-face with our clients and discuss ideas and objectives. When going abroad, it will be important to remember that there are many different and similar cultural norms between the…

‘Ello, London: An Introduction

Hello, my name is Yulia Houseal and I am currently studying abroad with the GBI London program. I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying accounting and business information systems with a minor in economics and a certificate in leadership and ethics. Wow, just typing that out reminded me of how busy I…

Three Things from Ireland

There are three things from my time abroad that I hope to always remember with clarity: the friendships I developed, the colors of Dublin, and the spectacular adventures. Through the totality of my experience, I believe I enhanced my communication skills, gained greater awareness of cultural differences, and expanded my sense of independence and resiliency…

Unexpected of Ireland

I came into this trip without very many expectations, open to all experiences I might encounter. That being said, there have been several things unexpected. Some of those unexpected things are minor, like having my own room or needing to press a button to walk out a door. I expected to meet people and make…

An Open Letter of Thanks

To all of my friends and family, Thank You. I am studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland this summer, and it is with your help that I am able to. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to spend a month learning and exploring in such a beautiful and culturally rich city. This opportunity certainly comes…

In Conclusion

The Himalayas fulfilled all of my expectations and more. I applied for study abroad because I knew that I wanted to spend my last summer of undergrad doing something that I would never get another opportunity to do. India is one thing, because I’m pretty confident that I will be going back to India someday….

Experiential Education is Awesome

Walking around the same streets as when I left is an interesting experience. No longer do I merely pace by the moving cars, beautiful flowers, or faces of many people, but rather absorb every aspect of my surroundings. Coming back from India, a country so far removed from American civilization has opened my eyes to…

From the Classroom to the City to the World to the Workplace

Why did I even go on this crazy trip? Most of it was for the views, to see other cultures, and push myself and expand my comfort zone. But I’d be lying if I said the leadership component didn’t compel me. I have been fortunate enough to been given leadership roles in college, have been…

Experiencing My Own Lessons

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward -Vernon Law. One of the reasons I loved this program was because of the experiential learning component. Learning from my own mistakes have produced the most impactful and life long lessons. Here are a few key life-long lessons I learned during…