Building a Scene: Third Time’s a Charm

I’ve been really lucky in the fact I’ve had the opportunity to UTA five times during my time at Pitt for a variety of film classes: Filmmaking 1, Filmmaking 4, Broadcast 1, and Television Analysis (twice). My relationship with Dr. Dana Och has spanned two full years at this point—starting with taking Technologies of the…

To move, or not to move

The theme of our program is the American film industry and there is a strong emphasis on connecting aspiring filmmakers from non-LA locations like Pittsburgh. This course impacted my perception of the film industry and its connection to the city of Los Angeles. Learning about the other popular places to produce films like New Mexico,…

Getting Ahead of the Game

Hi again! One of the great things about Pitt Honors students is their natural curiosity. Almost everyone I’ve met through the UHC is interested in a multitude of subjects, but it makes picking a major difficult. Most people I know picked up a minor or second major, and some changed their major entirely! I was…

Process of Elimination?

Did you have friends in high school who a.) have always known exactly what they wanted to do or b.) thought they knew what they wanted to do and changed it every month?  I was neither of those.  I did not know what I wanted to study in college for the longest time and I was so…

Nonprofit Work Down Under

 I am working at Disability Sports Australia, a nonprofit focusing on representation and opportunity in sport for those with disabilities. I requested to work in the nonprofit sector because I think it is extremely important for an organization to be mission driven. I have always wanted to work in the sector as a career, and…

Little of Everything

The first real struggle I had in my college career was deciding on a major; I had so many things that I wanted to try, that homing in on one specific major seemed daunting. I was interested in science, language, sociology, art, and history, and it felt impossible to work it all in. But in…

Honorable Mention

Hey everyone! My name is Alison Chilcott, I am a senior at Pitt and I’m from Hudson, Ohio (about 30 minutes outside of Cleveland). I am majoring in Biology and French, with minors in Chemistry and Sociology, and a Certificate on the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. What I love about being a Pitt student is…

The Honor in Taking Honors Courses

Selecting the *perfect* major for me at Pitt was one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made. I entered my freshman year planning on majoring in Neuroscience and English Literature, but upon taking the introductory bio courses, I began to seriously reconsider my neuroscience major. Additionally, I took an introductory linguistics course and decided I…

To Help You Discover Your Plan

Starting at the University of Pittsburgh my first year, I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to apply my long love of the brain to a study of neuroscience. I knew I wanted to pursue medicine, but admittedly, my reasons at the time were unclear. I loved working with people and…

French culture, Theatre, Neuroscience and Honors courses

I came to Pitt knowing very little about majors or minors. I was the first from my family to study in the states for my undergraduate studies, so I did not exactly have any guidance like that either. However, my focus was Neuroscience and so that is what I decided to major in. It was…