So Long South Africa

The program ended two weeks ago, but the experiences will be with me forever. I truly could not have asked for a better program, professors, or classmates. From start to finish, I felt comfortable and connected with everyone even though I didn’t know anyone going into it. I also loved the itinerary of the trip….

Can I Stay?

I have been in Cape Town for almost 3 weeks now, and to put it simply, I could live here. We have been quite spoiled living and going to classes in the same hotel, but I’m not complaining about it! I love everything about our hotel here. We have a small kitchenette, it’s a short…

Savoring South Africa

Expectations? I tried not to have too many! I was very openminded when it came to my expectations prior to departing for the program. I expected to be busy traveling between cities, as well as going on day trips for classes. I anticipated classes which would connect what we saw in the museums to a…

Starting out Strong

All I can say is “wow”. These past 2 weeks have been amazing. I don’t even know where to begin! I think the plane ride is a good place to start… I must admit- the flight wasn’t horrible, and the jet lag could have been a lot worse. Fortunately, I slept for almost 6 hours….

South African Adventures Await

Hello! My name is Paige Meduho. I am a third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown studying Business and Healthcare Information Systems, and I will be graduating in December. I am from South Park, a small township in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. In 2 short weeks, I will be on my way…

Takeaways

Since arriving back in the States, I have had time to reflect upon the incredible five weeks experience that South Africa had offered me. Whether it’s minor details like learning to navigate international airports on my own or now being educated in the heartbreaking history of the country, I can confidently say that I grew…

Back Home

I have now been back in the United States and home from South Africa for 12 days, and I have been fully able to reflect on my experience abroad. People always say that study abroad is a great experience and that for some, it is there favorite thing they do during their college careers. It…

Advice to Future Pitt in South Africa Students

As my trip comes to a close, I had many moments of reflection on what I was able to experience in the short five weeks of time that I was in South Africa. Though I was given some incredible advice by students who have gone on Pitt in South Africa before, I’d like to use…

Broken Stereotypes

Every country, in one way or another, is misrepresented by stereotypes that people hold all around the world. South Africa, in particular though, may be plagued with more ignorant stereotypes than most—and if this trip has taught me anything, it is that you should never visit a new place with unfair preconceived notions on what…