Hi, my name is Derek Frappa and I am a Freshman Finance major attending the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, I am also working towards minors in Italian and Economics, as well as a certificate in International Business. I chose Finance at the University of Pittsburgh because I have always been interested in learning about how businesses operate in today’s economy, and the University of Pittsburgh’s undergraduate business program provided me with a great opportunity to do just that. Outside of academics, I love sports, listening to music, and traveling. I played soccer and hockey and like spending time outdoors.
I chose to participate in the Plus 3 Germany program because I want to learn more about how companies operate in foreign countries. I have always been interested in cars and Plus 3 gave me the opportunity to learn about the automobile industry hands-on. I hope Plus 3 will provide me with a unique experience to learn valuable information first-hand about the business practices used by international companies and see different aspects of supply chain, finance, and engineering in the automobile industry. This program will also give me a feel for what study abroad programs entail and will encourage me to do a full semester abroad in the near future.