Study Away Pittsburgh

Fall 2017 Student Spotlights

Anthony Mitchell

Major: Political Science
Minors: Communication Arts & Sciences and Civic & Community Engagement
Expected Graduation Date: December, 2017
Community Partner: Urban Redevelopment Authority

Why did you apply to Study Away Pittsburgh?

“I applied to the Study Away Pittsburgh program because it fit my needs for the Civic & Community Engagement minor without having to delay my graduation any further. This program is extraordinary being that it is both flexible in how people can engage with it for their fields of study as well as the full immersion into another environment without going far to do so.”

How do you see this program enhancing your education at Penn State and furthering your future career?

“This program will prove to be beneficial for me on multiple levels. Firstly, I will be able to get an out-of-class experience and engage fully with my studies while still working towards my degree. Secondly, the Study Away Pittsburgh program will allow me to travel, live, and work in a place I have not been; thus, this experience will help to shape my understanding of politics on a local level. Lastly, I can use the experience from this opportunity to fuel my continued studies into a Master’s in Public Policy.”

What excites you the most about living in Pittsburgh?

“What excites me the most about living in Pittsburgh is that I have never lived there before, and I enjoy traveling. Since an early age, I have enjoyed traveling to new places and experiencing their culture, history, and heritage. I plan to fully submerge myself in the Pittsburgh life and enjoy all that it has to offer from the arts and architecture to the history and food.”

Erifili Draklellis

Major: Earth Science and Policy
Minors: Geography and Sustainable Leadership
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Community Partner: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Why did you apply to Study Away Pittsburgh?

“I applied to Study Away Pittsburgh because urbanization is real and happening. Over half of the world’s population lives in urban centers, and this number is on the rise. Because of this movement, I feel it is very important to make sure cities are meeting sustainable goals, and new cities which are forming are doing so in a sustainable and healthy way for our environment. As an Earth Science and Policy major, moving to Pittsburgh (one of the 100 most sustainable cities in the world), and learning how the city protects the environment will be important in creating policy for the rest of the world moving forward.”

How do you see this program enhancing your education at Penn State and furthering your future career?

“My community partner is the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. As someone who is studying environmental policy, this is the perfect complement to my education at Penn State. Having a hands-on look at how local and state governments create environmental regulations will make my degree much more powerful upon graduation, and it will prepare me with the background, skills, and knowledge I need to make a meaningful impact on environmental policy in the United States.

What excites you the most about living in Pittsburgh?

“I, for one, have never lived in a city before, and I am from Eastern PA, so I have only been to Pittsburgh once before applying for this program. But I knew I wanted to go to Pittsburgh because it is a blossoming city, complete with beautiful museums, parks, gardens, buildings, and so much more. I am so excited to be immersed in the culture of this booming place while bettering my education and career experience.”