How My Life Got Twist Turned Upside Down..

Four days till spring break and that meant four days until I would finally be arriving in Germany, or so I thought. COVID-19 was spreading rapidly across the world. What had started as a pandemic that was believed to never reach our borders, was now the reasoning behind our trip being cancelled. At first it…

Adapting to Change, from Work to Emotions

Approximately three weeks ago, all of the students in our Global Service Learning class were informed that our trip to Bolivia would be canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A week later, we were informed by the University of Pittsburgh that the remainder of the semester would be conducted online. Within a few days, I…

Continuing our work in a time full of uncertainty.

With the current state of COVID-19, it is clear that the University made the correct choice by not having us travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia over Spring break this year. When the news first broke, we were all devastated because we had been working all semester for our clients, Amizade and CEOLI, and we were finally…

The Impacts of COVID-19

Well that was certainly an interesting couple of weeks. After reading my last blog you learned all about the things that I hoped to gain and accomplish during our trip to Bolivia over spring break. Unfortunately, as you all know or expected, we were unable to travel to Bolivia due to the worldwide pandemic of…

Ramifications

Upon learning of spring break program cancelations, I was disappointed and surprised. The closest-reaching impact of the coronavirus to my life at that point was the shutdown of my roommate’s semester in Florence. This made sense to me due to the widespread outbreak Italy was facing. In the case of GSL Puerto Rico’s cancelation, I…

How a Global Pandemic Affected my Studying Abroad

“Pivot!” This is a motto that the professors for this class use a lot. It means to always be on your toes expecting some complications while working through your project and being resilient and solving the issue in order to still execute what you promised you would. I always heard them say it, but I…

From International Traveler to Online Learner

In my last blog post, I was eagerly awaiting our trip to Puerto Rico, but unfortunately, since then, a lot has changed: The coronavirus has become a widespread pandemic shutting down operations worldwide. When I first found out that we would not be traveling to Puerto Rico, I was obviously upset and my group was…

Trading in Palm Trees for My Parents’ House

Well, A LOT has changed since my last blog post! For starters, our trip to Puerto Rico never came to fruition. Unfortunately, Pitt decided to cancel all spring break study abroad programs due to the Coronavirus. We found out about this less than five days before we left and we were all devastated, to say…

Greetings from Zoom!

Just over three weeks ago, I thought I was going to spend my spring break in Bolivia. Today, I write to you from my house. No, not my place in Oakland; my childhood house. As I wrote to you in my previous blog, we were days away from departing for Bolivia. Actually, it was 4…