The Game Changer: COVID-19

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, our trip to Trinidad was cancelled by the University of Pittsburgh for our protection. While this was unexpected, since it was cancelled a mere four days before our departure, I am now able to clearly see that this was in fact the best decision. Seeing as…

New Heights

One of the most amazing things about the Greater Yellowstone region is how greatly different areas of the park contrast with other areas. One day you could be trekking past cacti and rattlesnakes and the next passing by 20 foot tall snowdrifts in the mountains. The fairly unpredictable weather made packing for day hikes a…

Home Sweet Home

Upon arriving in the West it immediately felt like we were in a completely different world. Unlike Pittsburgh International Airport, the airport in Billings, Montana had a maximum of maybe two gates and one quaint area for baggage claims. Men and women dressed in flannel and cowboy hats leaned up against their pickups outside waiting…

Three Things from Ireland

There are three things from my time abroad that I hope to always remember with clarity: the friendships I developed, the colors of Dublin, and the spectacular adventures. Through the totality of my experience, I believe I enhanced my communication skills, gained greater awareness of cultural differences, and expanded my sense of independence and resiliency…

Unexpected of Ireland

I came into this trip without very many expectations, open to all experiences I might encounter. That being said, there have been several things unexpected. Some of those unexpected things are minor, like having my own room or needing to press a button to walk out a door. I expected to meet people and make…

An Open Letter of Thanks

To all of my friends and family, Thank You. I am studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland this summer, and it is with your help that I am able to. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to spend a month learning and exploring in such a beautiful and culturally rich city. This opportunity certainly comes…

From the Classroom to the City to the World to the Workplace

Why did I even go on this crazy trip? Most of it was for the views, to see other cultures, and push myself and expand my comfort zone. But I’d be lying if I said the leadership component didn’t compel me. I have been fortunate enough to been given leadership roles in college, have been…

Bending the Knee to the Mountains

Our trek into the Himalayas gave me obstacles I have never dealt with and experiences I never thought I would know. Since life kind of works this way, I figure I should preface my experience with the challenges before I move onto the wondrous experiences I had after overcoming these obstacles. It’s impossible to describe…

The Necessity of Action

Someone once told me that you never get over high school because so many things are changing in your life and those few years are so pivotal. To me, those years and even middle school shaped my vision of myself. For some time now I have been aware that this vision is outdated but I…