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An Independent State of Mind

Brittany and Lauren Pietrosh have shared a lifetime of great experiences. That changed this summer when the two Tauck Scholars went their separate ways—to Belgium and Australia.  

“As an identical twin, I had never gotten the opportunity to truly feel what it means to be independent,” says Lauren Pietrosh ’13. “That is, until my experience in Sydney.” 

Lauren and Brittany Pietrosh have built an incredible relationship over the past 21 years. It’s a relationship that grew even stronger this summer after the senior marketing majors took divergent paths to study abroad as Tauck Scholars. While Lauren headed to Australia, Brittany accepted a position in Belgium. 

As a member of the marketing team at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, Brittany spent two months devising a marketing plan for the association and had the opportunity to pitch her ideas to the chamber—as well as to member companies like Microsoft and Disney. 

Nine thousand miles away, Lauren set up shop at Finsia (Financial Services Institute of Australasia), the premier institution for career advancement in the financial sector. Despite their high profile gigs, both came home with a renewed outlook on life.

“I met the most intriguing man I have ever met on the train to Amsterdam,” says Brittany. I was on my own, the train broke down, and he served as my navigator all the way to Holland. His name was Ruben, he was a master of Judo, and lived a completely organic and natural lifestyle.”

“What I realized most of all is that the most unlikely of people have the most beautiful advice and lessons to offer,” Brittany says. 

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