Embarking on a Congressional Internship

Hello! My name is Sarah Siddiqui, and I am a recipient of the William J. Keefe Congressional Fellowship award. I am studying in the University of Pittsburgh’s Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) for Medical School. I am a Sociology major with a certificate in Global Health and a minor in Chemistry. I just completed my first…

Expectations Vs. Reality

Before my study abroad experience, I had a lot of expectations based upon the initial study abroad meetings that we had. At our meetings we learned about the culture of Cyprus, prominent Cypriot companies, and got to know each other.   We were assigned group presentations about companies in Cyprus such as Medochemie, Wargaming, and various…

Week 2- What has changed and What has stayed the same

Before I left the U.S., I didn’t have many specific expectations for my study abroad program. This is because I am doing an independent research project, so the cause and effect of everything that happens is solely my responsibility. This is what I love the most about my program. I don’t have to depend on…

Georgia on My Mind

Hello! Hola! Привет! 안녕하세요! My name is Hannah Faulkner and I am a rising fourth-year student (where has the time gone?!) here at the University of Pittsburgh. Coming from a small town in North Texas, I credit foreign language classes and cross-cultural education as the impetus for the expansion of my worldview and the kindling…

Looking Forward to Berlin

Hello! My name is Caitlin Jarrell, and I am a rising junior in the College of Business Administration. My majors are Finance and Global Management with minors in French and Political Science. Outside of the classroom, I am Senior Vice President of Phi Chi Theta, which I helped to reactivate on Pitt’s campus! I am…

Ready to Study Healthcare Systems in Austria!

Hello everyone!  My name is Emma Mahally, and I am a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh and am part of the Honors College. I am a Biological Sciences major on the Pre-Med track, and also am pursuing the Global Health certificate.  Some of my favorite hobbies that I pursue throughout my semesters include…

Learning the Cypriot Lifestyle

During my time abroad, I will be staying at the Classic Hotel in Nicosia which is the capital of Cyprus. It is a very modern hotel that has a courtyard in the center of the building as well as a beautiful restaurant on the ground level. Each morning they serve a complimentary breakfast which far…

My Home in Firenze!

While I am here in Florence, I am living in an apartment right in the city center! I have three other roommates who are all Pitt students in the Food Studies in Italy program. There are two bedrooms, each with two roommates, a bathroom, and a kitchen and living area. We live on the third…

Embarking on my First International Trip

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Brenda Rea and I just completed my first year in the Swanson School of Engineering. In March, I declared that my intended major is chemical engineering, and I am thrilled to be able to continue my educational journey as an official chemical engineering student in the…

The Beginning of my Journey Along the Venetian Walls

I think that anytime you challenge yourself in a new way you have the opportunity to grow as a person. For me, studying abroad is unlike anything I have ever done. I have never taken a class in another city let alone across the globe so it will certainly take some time for me to…