Finding Familiarity

Here in Korea I live in the dorms for international and exchange students at Korea University. Our dorms quite literally are on the top of a mountain and even in the few weeks I have been here my calves have gotten so strong. As a Sutherland Hall veteran, I have to say this hill puts…

CUTF: Navigating the Music, One (Half or Whole) Step at a Time

Over my four years in the Heinz Chapel Choir, I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Rice in a variety of projects. Under her guidance, I have successfully led practices outside of class, organized fundraisers, designed and distributed merchandise, guided Big/Little Induction Ceremonies, and have recently given starting pitches to the choir during our…

Half Way Through: So Much Learned and So Much Still to Do

Hi everyone, welcome back! Time has been absolutely flying by with the craziness of midterms, and I cannot believe that I am already halfway done with my program. It feels like yesterday that I was on my flight from Newark, scared about what was ahead of me. I feel like my whole world has spun…

My Journey away from a Google Maps Dependency

I will not sugar-coat it; I was miserably stressed in my first weeks here in Brussels. Now, after nearly two months of living here, I laugh at my early-September-self for feeling so hopeless. Pre-Brussels-Adriana could never imagine that I would be able to find my way around the city without using Google Maps, that I…

CUTF: Learning Through Teaching

Some people choose their major because of lifetime goals or interests; I chose my major because I thought my high school physics teacher was funny. Every class felt lighthearted and the topics were exciting. Further, I wasn’t required to memorize anything – I was tested on my ability to problem solve, not blindly spew facts…

CUTF: Transition State from a Student to a Collaborator

Dr. George Bandik was my own CHEM0310 professor during the fall of 2020. However, contrary to my expectations of an online course, Dr. Bandik kept the content engaging, asking students to contribute to the course, which surprisingly was easier especially since I didn’t have to state my name the first time I was called on….

CUTF 2: Becoming Involved in Teaching

I became a Peer leader for Dr. Bell’s class during the Fall 2021 semester, hosting weekly content reviews. One observation I made was that students often did not take advantage of the course resources until the days leading up to the exams. For example, there was low attendance at peer sessions in between exams, then…

Beginning the CURF & Advice!

Beginning My Project Beginning my project, I think, has been the hardest part so far. For me, I sometimes struggle with knowing where to start. Especially doing independent research, it was a challenge knowing where to begin. In order to combat this, I met with my mentor to discuss a plan of action for the…

My Journey to the CUTF

In many ways, the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship has provided me with a unique avenue to engage with the academic community here at Pitt. Bridging the relationship between professor and student, the fellowship has allowed me to directly contribute to how a course is taught at Pitt. Translating my experience as a student to a…

CUTF: Figuring it Out

Like many undergraduate students, I came to Pitt believing I would go on to medical school. My freshman year I took courses like Chemistry and Biology but quickly realized I did not have a passion for what I was learning. I started to explore other classes the university had to offer. I tried computer science,…