Looking Back…

It has been exactly one week since this program ended and I am still in awe of the experience. I learned so many valuable lessons including how to sleep on any and every mode of transportation, where to find the best ice cream and döner, and how to ask for plain (non bubbly) water. While these are obviously very important, I took away much more than this from the trip. On a more serious note, these two weeks were an exciting and educational first time out of the United States and have definitely enlightened me on life outside the U.S. On this brief two week program I learned so much about other cultures as well as my own, and the major role that the United States has in the rest of the world. I have always been taught that the U.S. is a key player in business throughout the world, but it did not really occur to me how large of a role we have until I left the country. The fact that our language is spoken fluently in other countries amazes me. There are so many lessons that we learn throughout our educational careers that are aimed to teach us about global connections and where the U.S. lies, but no lecture or textbook has ever taught me like this experience has. Pitt prides itself on experiential learning, and I am proud to say that I participated in just that and am taking so much away from it. There will never be anything quite like this experience and I am so grateful to have had the privilege of sharing it with such great people.



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