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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.


Hi everyone! My name is Eliza and I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Right now, I am taking a year off before I go back to Georgetown University in the fall. I am psyched to start this new adventure. I love the outdoors and hiking, so I am really excited to experience what backpacking is like in South America. Some other things I am looking forward to are learning Spanish, meeting the locals, and trying new foods.

At Georgetown, I played soccer before getting a concussion, which has prompted me to take time off. My whole life, I have been playing soccer competitively, which has meant little or no time to explore my other interests. This is one of the reasons that I can’t wait to start a new adventure in a new place. Some of my other interests included music, different sports, cultures, languages, and history.

Being from Pittsburgh, I am a huge Steelers fan, but I really can talk sports of any kind. Another fact about me is that I am the middle of five children. I also have two dogs and two cats. When I go back to school, I will be studying anything that isn’t math or science. I have traveled around the US, Europe and Asia, so I’m excited to see what South America is like.

Can’t wait to see you all soon.