The Journey is the Accomplishment

It’s common for accomplishments in college – academically, professionally, personally, etc. – to feel like a constantly-moving target. Too often we get lost in an idea of what success will look like in the future instead of focusing on how it looks for us in the present moment. There is always more to do, more…

Apprehend. Accept. Accomplish.

My biggest accomplishment is acceptance. Our generation is hard wired to be comparative and competitive in nature. In high school, it was harder to learn anything because of the importance of grades. The moment I would get interested in a topic; it would be time for another midterm and that didn’t let me fully learn…

Progress is like clothing–it looks different on everyone

My biggest accomplishment thus far… what a tough question to answer. I have gone through many transformations, both academically and socially, since college began and who I was before I entered college feels like a lifetime away. It’s difficult to quantify what an accomplishment means, so I spent some time thinking about the most impactful…

Passion Project: Education Across Borders

When I first got to Pitt, I was overwhelmed with all of the opportunities newly available to me and by all of the activities and projects people were involved in. Everyone appeared to be so put together and seemed to have a sort of “passion project” that motivated them. It took me a while to…

The Balance of Life

Throughout your undergraduate career, many people will ask you what your biggest accomplishment is. For me, my biggest achievement isn’t a singular moment. Rather, it has been achieving the work-life balance that allows me to excel in my courses while allowing me time to enjoy the myriad of activities that I enjoy. When you have…

Building Bridges

While academics are incredibly important to me, I have found that my favorite experiences at Pitt come from co and extra-curricular experiences. I like to sort these activities into two categories: academically beneficial and for social benefit. These two distinct categories of curricular activities connect me to the Pitt community in a way entirely separate…

Add One Good Thing at a Time

Looking out from the Cathedral of Learning (lovingly called Cathy), Oakland is equally awe-inspiring and overwhelming. You can see fairly far from the 35th and 36th floors claimed by the University Honors College, and in a rather cliché but sweet fashion, it makes our “crossing boundaries” motto feel very literal when there are no boundaries…

Started from the one…now I’m here!

As a freshman, going to activity fairs was so overwhelming for me. I had a few hobbies, but I wasn’t too sure on what I wanted to pursue in college. I got into working out over senior year of high school and was on the lookout for some workout buddies. Consequently, I was instantly attracted…

A Call for College Students to Become Community Advocates

While I love college, there is one thing that never sat right with me about the experience. Countless students come from across the country, inhabit a city for a few years, and then often leave without a trace. Sure, they join clubs and create a pseudo-community of their own, but they rarely look up to…