Berlin, I miss you!

Over the past two weeks, after having physically (but not quite emotionally) adjusted to being back home, I have reflected on how my experiences in Berlin impacted me and my continuously developing views on the importance of being a global citizen.  In my time at Pitt so far, I have had two previous invaluable opportunities…

Last Day in Berlin!

Here it is, final Monday here in Berlin. It is truly a whirlwind of emotions: excited to return home and see family and friends, while feeling deeply saddened to leave this new home I’ve come to love and cherish in the past months. I’ve always found it quite astonishing how quickly a place can start…

Final week in Berlin

I cannot believe that this is our final week here in Berlin. I am always stunned by balancing how incredible it feels to live somewhat long-term in a new place with genuinely how fast the time flies. Since arriving here, we have been overstimulated with all kinds of new experiences and opportunities; somehow the days…

Competence in the workplace: at home and abroad

As mentioned in a previous post, I feel as though collaboration and communication are more effectively influential in the workplace here as compared to my (perhaps unique) experiences back at home. In my internship experience at evenson GmbH, I feel that having strength in these skills is more heavily emphasized. Not necessarily in purely a…

A new look at leadership

I think leadership is often a very generalized and stereotyped concept. Strong leaders are often associated with being confident, vocal, extroverted, and audacious. I think that while many leaders possess these qualities, many equally important leaders have qualities often underrated. Because these assumptions of what leadership should and shouldn’t look like are instilled in us…

Expectations and Reality

This being my third study abroad program, I have come to learn the importance of balancing the high of being abroad and being overstimulated with all the experiences and activities going on and meeting this with time to rest, think, reflect, and simply take care of mental, physical, and emotional health. The longer the time…

Cultural Competence in Berlin

I cannot believe three full weeks of our internships are now complete. It is always astonishing to me how fast time flies while abroad. On Tuesday this week, several of us were given a day off of work to help with a volunteering project to clean up trash in the Tegel Forest. I have been…

Navigating uncertain waters

I started off the week with a bit of uncertainty when my laptop broke last Monday. Navigating that for the past week has been a difficulty I have faced while living abroad. Fortunately, my roommate was kind of enough to let me use her laptop for submitting these assignments. Nevertheless, this week was a short…

Work hard, play hard

Monday May 20 was my first official day of work at my company evenson GmbH. Evenson is a consulting company driven by ideas and focused on results. They deem themselves consultants on the human side of progress, consisting of a diverse team of economists, political scientists, communication experts – and overall, experienced project managers. Evenson…