Biography

A passionate musician, explorer, engaged global citizen, and aspiring Renaissance man using cultural diplomacy and languages as tools to promote international understanding, cooperation, and development

I had three main academic goals.

First, I aimed to become as proficient as possible in the French and Italian languages before graduation. Second, I worked to develop skills that are practical and marketable for a variety of industries, including professional written and verbal communication, presentation capabilities, cross-cultural understanding and navigation, and networking. Third, I designed and implemented a University of Pittsburgh course of study centered around the themes of

  1. cultural diplomacy, which means using the arts and cultures to foster mutual understanding between groups of people, and
  2. social entrepreneurship, which means using business to generate a positive impact on society.

My professional goal is to construct a global career in cultural diplomacy. This career could continue to take shape through working in the US or abroad as an international arts manager, a diplomat, or an arts education administrator, for example.

Honors Major, Italian Language and Literature
French Minor
Public and Professional Writing Certificate

Education & Training

  • BA 2019

    Departmental Honors Major: Italian Language and Literature; Minor: French

    French and Italian Department; Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

  • BA 2019

    Certificates: Transatlantic Studies; West European Studies; Public and Professional Writing

    European Studies Center, University Center for International Studies (UCIS); English Composition Program, English Department, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; University of Pittsburgh

  • BA Fall 2017

    Pitt in Florence Advanced Track and CAPA Global Business Institute

    CAPA Florence Center; University of Florence Cultural Center for Foreigners; Florence, Italy

  • BA Summer 2016

    Pitt in Nantes, France

    Nantes, France

  • Leadership Skills Program 2015-2016

    Emerging Leaders Program

    University of Pittsburgh

Internships, Research, and Leadership Experience

  • 4/20191/2019

    Staff Writer

    Sampsonia Way Magazine, City of Asylum; Pittsburgh, PA

  • 4/20191/2019

    Communication and Grant Writing Assistance Intern

    International Student House of Washington DC; Pittsburgh, PA and Washington DC, US

  • 4/20191/2018

    Student Ambassador

    European Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • Present10/2018

    Communication and Grant-Writing Assistance Intern

    The Vienna Choral Society; Pittsburgh, PA and Vienna, Virginia, US

  • 10/20183/2018

    Communication, Networking, Marketing, and Organization Development Intern

    The American Initiative for Italian Culture; Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington DC, US

  • 8/20185/2018

    Brackenridge Research Fellow: Towards Universally Accessible and Financially Sustainable Arts Education

    University Honors College, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • 20192018

    President

    European Horizons, University of Pittsburgh Chapter; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • 12/20179/2017

    Communication Intern

    Flod; Via dei Banchi 4, Florence, Italy

  • 20182016

    Undergraduate President

    European Horizons, University of Pittsburgh Chapter; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • 3/201711/2016

    Selected Research Presenter on Neapolitan Music as an International Image of Italy from Pitt; Member of Selection Committee for Non-Pitt Students; Member of Logistics and Hospitality Committee - Migrations of Culture National Undergraduate Research Conference for Modern Languages

    University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • 4/20161/2016

    First Experience in Research (FEIR): Preserving Classical Indian Subcontinent Music in American Higher Education Institutions

    Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, US

  • 20152014

    Volunteer Coordinator; Music Mentor; Academic Tutor

    BRIDGES: Harmony Through Music; Cunningham Park Elementary School; Vienna, Virginia, US

  • 20172015

    International Program Coordinator

    Advanse International, Inc.; Washington DC and McLean, Virginia, US

Awards and Achievements

  • 4/27/2019
    Summa Cum Laude Graduate
    In recognition of a Grade Point Average (GPA) above a 3.75 and a high overall academic standing among undergraduate students throughout the University of Pittsburgh system, I was awarded a Summa Cum Laude (“With Highest Honors”) distinction at graduation.
  • 3/2019
    Awardee, G. Alec Stewart Endowed Student Research Fund 2019
    In recognition of an exceptional Brackenridge Research Fellowship project, this award from the G. Alec Stewart family, donors to the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, provides funding for additional independent student research
  • 5-8/2018
    Brackenridge Research Fellow
    Recognition of my selection for and completion of a university-funded research project for the summer 2018 Brackenridge Research Fellowship Program (Recognized at Honors Convocation 2019)
  • 2017
    University Scholar
    Academic recognition for maintaining high cumulative academic performance and GPA that are in the top 2% of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Recognized at Honors Convocation 2018)
  • 2016
    University Scholar
    Academic recognition for maintaining high cumulative academic performance and GPA that are in the top 2% of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Recognized at Honors Convocation 2017)
  • 2017
    Selected Member, Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society
    Recognized for high achievement in Italian language and culture studies among college students nationwide.
  • 2017
    Resident Scholar
    Recognized for being a student of high academic achievement living on campus at the University of Pittsburgh
  • 2016
    Selected Member, Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society
    Recognized for high achievement in French language and culture studies among college students nationwide.
  • 8/2015-12/2018
    Dean's List
    The Dean's List is an award within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences that recognizes the students with the highest academic achievement that semester.
  • 2014
    Scholarship Recipient and Selected Participant, Bel Canto Institute Youth Summer Vocal Program
    Selected with a scholarship to participate in a summer 2014 youth program for high school and college students in Florence, Italy to study the Italian language and classical Italian vocal music performance, with instructors from the Metropolitan Opera
  • Summer 2013
    Selected Participant in Vocal Performance Track, Virginia Governor's School
    Auditioned, applied, and selected among the top student musicians in the state of Virginia to attend a fully-funded summer educational program in vocal performance, learning and living on the Radford University college campus alongside other students in the performing and visual arts and the humanities