Ramifications

Upon learning of spring break program cancelations, I was disappointed and surprised. The closest-reaching impact of the coronavirus to my life at that point was the shutdown of my roommate’s semester in Florence. This made sense to me due to the widespread outbreak Italy was facing. In the case of GSL Puerto Rico’s cancelation, I…

How a Global Pandemic Affected my Studying Abroad

“Pivot!” This is a motto that the professors for this class use a lot. It means to always be on your toes expecting some complications while working through your project and being resilient and solving the issue in order to still execute what you promised you would. I always heard them say it, but I…

From International Traveler to Online Learner

In my last blog post, I was eagerly awaiting our trip to Puerto Rico, but unfortunately, since then, a lot has changed: The coronavirus has become a widespread pandemic shutting down operations worldwide. When I first found out that we would not be traveling to Puerto Rico, I was obviously upset and my group was…

Trading in Palm Trees for My Parents’ House

Well, A LOT has changed since my last blog post! For starters, our trip to Puerto Rico never came to fruition. Unfortunately, Pitt decided to cancel all spring break study abroad programs due to the Coronavirus. We found out about this less than five days before we left and we were all devastated, to say…

The Beginning of the End

The moment someone yelled out “all spring break trips are canceled” in the middle of class, a multitude of thoughts ran through my head. ‘How could they do this days before we were supposed to leave?’ ‘Why was I not told by my professors the day before in class?’ ‘How are we going to finish…

A Short Wait Until Puerto Rico

It is hard to believe that our trip to Puerto Rico is less than a week! We have been working with Caras con Causa for close to a month and a half at this point as we develop a strategic marketing initiative for their environmental field lab. Next week we will be working directly with…

The Final Countdown

We’re onto the final countdown! Our flight to Puerto Rico departs on Saturday, only five days away. While the Pittsburgh weather has been relatively good yesterday and today, I’m eager to get away to a warmer climate and get the field portion of this course underway. Preparation has consisted of getting vaccinated, meeting to work…

Puerto Rico Bound

With less than a week before our departure, I am so excited to finally get to work directly with Caras Con Causa and get a firsthand look at the environmental lab we have been working to promote as well as see the community of Catano, around which all of Caras’ efforts are centered. While my…

Here I come, Puerto Rico!

I will be traveling to Puerto Rico next week! I am so excited and cannot wait to learn and experience visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico. Experiential learning is the best way to learn. That’s why community service differs from global service-learning. We learn as we work through our real-world project and understand why we are…