Reflecting on My Summer in Ireland

When I first applied for the International Internship Program in Dublin, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on me, both personally and professionally. I chose this program for many personal reasons: to see the country my ancestors were from, to live independently, to explore new cultures, and to learn…

Go Raibh Maith Agat Éire (Thank you Ireland)

It is crazy how fast eight weeks goes by. Three months ago I was sitting in my apartment in Pittsburgh getting ready and now I am back in Pittsburgh after an amazing time. I am beyond lucky that I got to experience this trip and all it had to offer. As some of the others…

Looking Back and Moving Forward

I am a firm believer that traveling is one of the best ways a human can grow. Immersing yourself in a brand new culture helps us understand new points of view. After spending a summer in Dublin, I have been able to grow as an employee, student, and young adult. I might be back in…

My body to New York, My heart to Dublin, My soul to Ireland

I entered this international internship program with several goals for my personal and professional development. Reflecting on my experience, I can not think of a single goal that was neglected. Numerous aspects of my international experience have shaped me to become a better individual, student, and employee. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and…

Looking Back

My international experience was something that doesn’t feel real but I know has had a profound effect on myself professionally and personally. When I look back on it now, it feels as though it didn’t happen and it was quick but while it was happening it was long and made up of great memories I…

A New Chapter

Now that I have moved in to a new apartment back in Pittsburgh, it truly feels like a new chapter of my life has begun, especially since its been almost two weeks since being in Dublin. Not only that, but as my senior year approaches at Pitt, it is hard not to take time to…

Saying Goodbye to Dublin

This final week was very bittersweet. Part of me feels as though it is time to go home, relax before school starts and finally see my family and friends but another big part will miss this city and the people I met here so much. I tried to balance having fun and soaking up the…

The Unexpected Souvenir

I can’t believe our eight weeks are over. It seemed like forever ago that I was waiting in the customs line in a country where I knew no one. Our last week there flew by. After my bike ride in Killarney I knew I wanted to fit in as much as possible for my last…

Live in the Moment

You may be thinking to yourself, “Wow, that monument in the cover photo looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and not like anything in Dublin!” And, if you’re thinking this, you would be right! After my program ended, I spent four days in Paris visiting family and experiencing French culture. It was refreshing…