Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sarah's Study Abroad!

Many of our sisters love to take advantage of the many travel opportunities that the University of Utah offers. Our sister Sarah Lervik was able to travel to Washington DC and share her experience with us. Here is her story below!

Name: Sarah Lervik
Major: International Studies (Emphasis in Foreign Relations and Security)
Year: Senior
Where I Went: Washington, DC
Hometown: Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Over this past spring semester, I had the pleasure of interning for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) within the U.S. Department of State as a Research and Analysis intern. OSAC is responsible for helping the private sector handle threats abroad. I learned so much about different countries and what threats are important to each individual organization, whether they are entertainment companies, faith based, or anything in between. Apart from my internship, I got to spend 10 weeks in the wonderful city of Washington, DC!

I attended the annual Earth Day concert, which featured artists such as Usher, Fall Out Boy, and No Doubt. It was a free concert, which was held on the National Mall lawn.

In April, the Hinckley Institute of Politics paid for all of the interns to attend a Washington Nationals game. It was really cold outside, but I had never been to a Major League Baseball game before. It was a really awesome experience, even though they lost!

At the end of April, one of our graduated Pi Phi sisters, Tanya, invited me to go to the White House Garden Tour with her and her husband. It happens twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. It was super fun to be able to spend time with Tanya while also getting an up close and personal tour of the White House Gardens.

Being in Pi Phi really helped me during my internship and while in Washington, DC. Being Vice President of Finance for Pi Phi gave me the leadership and teamwork skills that helped me during our team meetings and collaborating with other colleagues while writing reports.

One of our values, sincere friendship, really showed when Tanya helped me get settled in as I arrived in Washington, DC.  Even though we weren’t close when she was an active, she was so welcoming when I reached out to her about being in Washington, DC for a while!


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