Coming Out Stronger

Leaving Ireland was incredibly bittersweet. As I stared out the window, flying over the beautiful green countryside, I wondered if I will ever return to this place. I hope I will be able to visit Dublin again in my life. I learned so much about myself and the world around me. I gained a myriad…

Ending the Adventure

Wow, the final week is here. I can’t believe it! At first it seems insane that it has already been two months, but when I think back to everything I have done, it begins to make sense. More than anything, I am grateful for the people that I met here. I knew when I left…

Burning Up in Madrid

As this experience comes to an end, I am beginning to reflect on the lessons and skills I’ve gained in my Irish work environment. Over the past seven weeks, I have experienced what it is like to be part of an office community. I have gotten to a point where I feel comfortable around my…

Stressing Out in London

This week has brought both adventure and calmness to my life. I spent this time reflecting on the experience I am having and thinking about how I would like to spend my final few weeks. Honestly, this week at work has been a bit mundane. I find myself repeating the same menial tasks and getting…

Taking Some Time for Myself

Week six is here and as much as I’m loving it in Dublin, I am starting to truly miss home. When I first arrived, everything was new and exciting. Now, it’s getting a bit monotonous. I feel as if this is just as much a part of the study abroad experience as anything. Although I…

Facing Unpreparedness

It’s extremely difficult to predict what life will be life abroad. I feel as though I tried my best to prepare, but there was no way I could know what was in store for this trip. At Pitt, I have taken a myriad of business courses that theoretically should have prepared me for my internship….

Halfway There?

                Week four is already here which nearly marks the halfway point of this experience. I say this a lot but time really is flying. This week has definitely been challenging but at the same time exciting. I feel like I am taking strides to assimilate to Irish culture in the best way I can….

Learning to Be Flexible

It’s hard to believe it is already week three here in Dublin. So much has happened by time is really going by. I remember a few nights ago my roommates and I realized that we only have six weekends left. That may seem like a lot to some, but it’s crazy to think about when…

Living the 9 to 5 Life

Week two has marked the start of my professional career. I began my internship this week at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). When I first saw the office I was amazed because it is in such a great location, right in the heart of the city. The building also borders St. Stephens…