Adjusting to Castilian Culture

Buenas tardes, readers! I am finally in Madrid, soaking up the summer sun and savoring the local cuisine. This is my third time visiting the city, and I am so happy to be back! Since last week, I have been staying at a family friend’s house snacking on jamón ibérico and having salmorejo, a soup…

Uncertainty in the Workplace

Happy Friday, readers! I am back to report on the first two weeks of my internship. If you missed my last post, I have begun interning with a franchise called La Casita de Inglés. This company has multiple centers in Spain that teach English to young children through fun weekly workshops. For this week’s blog,…

Skills Necessary for the HR Industry

Hello again! Next week I will be starting my internship with La Casita de Inglés. In preparation, I have been reflecting on the skills I possess and comparing them to those of HR professionals in order to gauge my preparedness for this internship. During my internship with La Casita de Inglés, I will be working…

¡Hola desde Pennsylvania!

Hello! My name is Isabella Purcell. I am a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh, and I am currently double majoring in marketing and human resources with a certificate in international business. I am from Chester County, Pennsylvania which is about half an hour away from Philadelphia. Although I have been enjoying my summer…

Final analysis

Wow! What an amazing experience! The city of Madrid, Cats Hostels, my host family, and all my new friends! Reflecting on this experience will take me back and visit so many fond memories. The primary focus of this paper will be on the internship; I will include everything that I deem necessary for a person…

Final Reflection

Wow, I can not believe that it has been two weeks since my return from Spain.  I truly miss it every single day.  I miss the food, the people, the culture, the nightlife and so much more.  It was a struggle to readjust to my simple life in Wilmington, Delaware.  First off, Jet lag hit…

Final lessons

The two months abroad have taught me many lessons, some by fire and some through teaching. I have grown so much as a person. My maturity, cultural awareness, and self-awareness have all grown a great deal while in Spain. I am so excited and thankful to have been given the opportunity to go abroad and…

Closing Time

               They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and after watching two months in Spain go by like a 50-minute recitation I have never agreed more with this statement. The time I spent at Pulsar Technologies was full of experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. As…

“We Are What We Do To Change What We Are”

It is hard to believe that I have now been home for two whole weeks.  Every time I have thought about or told a story from my time in Madrid, I have been amazed by the excitement and beauty of my experience there.  This experience helped me to grow and learn in ways that could…