Peer Staff

Pasha Sahin

USAC: Lisbon, Portugal
Hi! My name is Pasha Sahin, and I am a senior political science major with a focus on international relations. Being someone who had always been passionate about traveling, learning new languages, and experiencing new cultures, going abroad was a dream of mine. I was fortunate enough to go to Lisbon, Portugal in the fall of 2022 with USAC for my study abroad experience. I had the best four months of my life over there, which came with ups and downs but that is what made it so special! I was in complete awe with the famous and isolated Madeira Island which was about an hour flight west of mainland Portugal. I explored the mountainous terrain of never-ending cliffs and forests as well as soaking up the equator heat on smooth, sandy beaches. My weekend in Madeira was my favorite memory abroad because I had never seen landscapes like this before in my life. These were once in a lifetime kind of views. 
 
Looking back, going abroad was one of the best decisions I made, and I have zero regrets. More importantly, going abroad inspired me to appreciate what the world has to offer and how there is so much more to discover. Also, it was the perfect opportunity to broaden my horizons and go out of my comfort zone. It was a time to challenge myself!  I learned so much about the world and myself. I experienced so much growth as a global student, and I will take the lessons I learned in Portugal with me for the rest of my life. Overall, I am saying that everything was completely worth it. The biggest advice I have to offer comes from a simple phrase that inspired me to study abroad and that I still follow daily. This phrase comes from my favorite travel content creator, Drew Binsky, who I highly recommend checking out! He has traveled to every country in the world and creates the most fascinating stories. It is only two words but comes with such a deeper meaning: “Just Go!”.
 
I want to say welcome, and that I am here for you. Do not hesitate to reach out. Let’s get started on this journey together!!
 
Ask me about:
  • Integrating into the local culture
  • Fitness/health
  • Portugal
  • Budgeting
  • Geography

My Spring 2024 Advising Center Hours:

  • Mondays: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Thursdays: 11:30am - 2:00pm