Reflecting on Trinidad

One of the biggest lessons I learned from this global service learning experience is to take a second to slow down and breathe. Due to the fast pace of American life, we go throughout our day moving at one hundred miles per hour without ever taking a second to take a breath or decompress. For…

Closing Thoughts on the Trip to Trinidad

Throughout my Global Service Learning experience in Trinidad, there were so many different lessons I learned along the way. Going into this trip, I was very excited to see a brand new culture for the first time. I went on a road trip across the country with my older sister when I was in 8th…

Gracias, Bolivia

The spring semester is coming to an end and I can hardly believe that this experience is actually almost over. It really wasn’t very long ago that we were meeting as the “Pitt Business Student Consultants” for the first time; we have accomplished so much and learned so much since then that it feels like…

Forever Thankful to Cochabamba (…and Gustavo for returning my suitcase)

The Global Service Learning: Bolivia Program was an absolutely amazing experience and I can’t believe this is the final blog and that next week we will be turning in our final report and presenting our final presentation. There are still so many memories from our week abroad that we all recount randomly whether its in…

Some Final Thoughts on my Matelot Experience

As we finish putting the final touches on our presentation, it is hard to believe that my journey through the global servicing learning course is coming to an end in just two short weeks. Anticipation to go to Matelot quickly turned into excitement to now reflecting and appreciating the experiences I was given throughout this…

Coming to the End of the Road in GSL

The lessons I learned throughout this experience almost entirely relate back to transferrable skills. Transferable skills are things that cannot be taught in the classroom, but you need to learn through your experiences. This class has strengthened my transferable skills not only because of the in-country component, but because of the way the project was…

Service-Learning Is Not Like Other Classes

Normally when a class is nearing the end, I typically await the sweet relief that will come when I can let the worries of exams and papers fall from my shoulders. In many classes, what I learned would be pushed to the back of my memory, waiting for when/if I need it again. However, this…

A Truly Unforgettable Experience

It is so hard for me to believe that another semester at Pitt for me has come and gone.  It’s even harder for me to believe that I only have one more semester left here until I graduate.  As the end rapidly approaches, I can’t help but reflect on my time here at the university. What were some…

Escape Your Comfort Zone, You’ll Be Glad You Did!

One of the hardest things to do in life is coming out of your comfort zone. We love being in a familiar area with familiar people and familiar things. This semester, I challenged myself to do something that meant stepping out of my comfort zone and applied to be a participant in a service-learning experience….