Hey! Ho (Chi Minh City)!

Hey there!

If you’re looking for a blog detailing a 2 1/2 week study abroad trip to Vietnam (also known as a +3) through the University of Pittsburgh, you’ve come to the right place!

A little bit about me: My name is Julia Snyder. I’m originally from a town called Newtown in Bucks County, PA; its about 35 minutes from Philadelphia and only 10 from New Jersey.  I am currently a freshmen at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. I have officially declared as a bioengineer, and I am hoping to pursue a chemical engineering minor, as well as an International Engineering certificate. I love coffee, yoga, and my sister (not in that order), and I’m incredibly excited to be having my very first study abroad opportunity right after my freshmen year!

The +3 program at the University of Pittsburgh has five different locations and industries of focus for applicants to choose from. I knew immediately that I wanted to apply to the +3 Vietnam for several reasons.

  1.  I have travelled to Europe on several different occasions, but I have never been to Asia. As an avid traveller, I want to travel to all seven continents, and this is one unique opportunity for me to cross a third continent off my list!
  2. The industry focus of +3 Vietnam is development and entrepreneurship. This was the industry most in line with my interests, especially since I may be interested in pursuing an MBA after undergrad.
  3. I know an incredibly little amount about a country and a culture whose relations with the U.S. have been such an important part of our country’s history. I love history, I love gaining new insights into history, and I’m a firm believer that if you don’t understand something you should at least attempt to understand and learn it.

All of this added up to a +3 application. Now, here we are – a little over a month away!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store (:

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