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Intern spotlight: Meet Hailey Wattman!

Hi! My name is Hailey and I am a senior here at Pitt, originally from the west Philadelphia suburbs. I am pursuing a double major in Communication Rhetoric and Spanish with a Global Studies Certificate. My first abroad experience was early in my academic career - I studied in Havana, Cuba the summer after my freshman year of college through the Pitt in Cuba program. I studied Spanish Language, Cuban Culture, and Latin American Cinema at La Universidad de La Habana entirely in Spanish, with few English-speaking students around. It was truly a unique and challenging experience.

After coming back to the United States, I knew that just one 6-week program wasn’t enough. In the winter of my junior year, I packed my bags for an entire Spring semester in Madrid, Spain. By participating on a Pitt-Recognized Program, ISA Madrid, I was able to meet and travel with students from universities all over the world. My experience in Madrid was amazing - I studied at a small university, Antonio de Nebrija, with local students in a very student-oriented neighborhood. ISA gave us the opportunity to travel to Salamanca, El Escorial, Avila, Toledo, Granada, Segovia, and Morocco, with guided tours in English and Spanish. One of the most memorable experiences of my life was waking up at 4am to watch the moonset in the Sahara Desert.

I now intern here in the Study Abroad Office, providing advising to prospective students. I love learning about all of our programs and living vicariously through our students going abroad! For my independent internship project, I am studying the effects of study abroad programs on students with mental health disorders. I hope to use this research to implement important resources for students abroad and encourage students who struggle with mental illness that studying abroad is possible. If you have any questions, comments, or just want to stop in and say hi, I’d love to chat!