Scholar Spotlight: Olivia Pierce

Posted July 22, 2021


Olivia Pierce, Class of 2024, is studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark where she is focusing on Engineering Communications.

“It is pretty weird being a tourist in a country not open to American tourists," Olivia says. "Museums and cultural sites that are typically packed are empty, leading to truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Although I enjoy being the only person in a museum, I look forward to the day tourists come flooding back. And I’m not the only one who anxiously awaits the return of tourism: This past weekend I was over in Odense, Denmark, visiting a history museum. It was, like all museums right now, completely empty. As I was buying my ticket, the man at the front desk asked my group where we were from, and we responded 'Texas.' The two men at the front desk looked at each other and started cheering and high fiving, celebrating the return of tourists and thus some normalcy. It was a truly magical moment that I will never forget.”

Olivia is the recipient of the Moore Family Forty Acres Scholarship and the Chevron Enrichment Award. Read more about her here.