Service-Learning Is Not Like Other Classes

Normally when a class is nearing the end, I typically await the sweet relief that will come when I can let the worries of exams and papers fall from my shoulders. In many classes, what I learned would be pushed to the back of my memory, waiting for when/if I need it again. However, this…

A Truly Unforgettable Experience

It is so hard for me to believe that another semester at Pitt for me has come and gone.  It’s even harder for me to believe that I only have one more semester left here until I graduate.  As the end rapidly approaches, I can’t help but reflect on my time here at the university. What were some…

Escape Your Comfort Zone, You’ll Be Glad You Did!

One of the hardest things to do in life is coming out of your comfort zone. We love being in a familiar area with familiar people and familiar things. This semester, I challenged myself to do something that meant stepping out of my comfort zone and applied to be a participant in a service-learning experience….

An End is Only the Beginning

            An unfathomable reality is approaching its bittersweet end in the next few weeks. Six months ago, after being introduced to the service learning concept and course, I was vastly intrigued by this tremendous opportunity. Studying abroad and a meaningful project all together? That vision I had in high school to begin my world travels…

With a Great Idea and Passionate People, Anything is Possible

Spring Break in Puerto Rico will be a spring break I will never forget. This trip benchmarked a ten-year process that will grow into a sustainable gain for the community of Cataño and all surrounding it. What I got on the island was an incredible experience teaching and reminding me what it means to be…

Gracias, Puerto Rico!

Wow.  What a week.  I feel as though I have so much to say, yet I have been left absolutely speechless.  Puerto Rico exceeded my expectations far and beyond of what I wanted from this Spring Break. I saw the beauty of this wonderful island, I immersed myself in and adapted to a new culture, and I certainly experienced…

“Here we work with love”

I would like to begin this blog post by thanking everyone that was involved in making this trip possible. Thank you to everyone in the Pitt Business and Pitt Business Study Abroad Office. Thank you to everyone at Amizade. Thank you to everyone at Caras. Thank you to everyone who made scholarship money available. Thank…

“I’m Important. You’re Important. We Are Important. Together We Can”

Speechless. Humbled. Motivated. At this point in time, these three words represent the experience I returned from just a few short days ago. San Juan, Puerto Rico and its surrounding communities provided eye-opening sights and sounds of a prideful, close-knit culture. The diversified, yet innovative array food was unique to our accustomed American palates. The…

Adapting To Different Challenges

Going to a different country can be challenging in many ways. With just one plane ride, you become the outsider when you commonly don’t play that role. This feeling of being an outsider can be unnerving when you do not understand the customs or social norms that take place in the foriegn country you are…