Hi everyone! My name is Angie Natalia Sandoval Casas and welcome to my 4th Pitt abroad experience in Dublin, Ireland! I am a rising senior majoring in Accounting, with a double minor in Korean and Economics and a double certificate in Business Analytics and International Business from the College of Business Administration.
I am from Bogotá, Colombia and I lived 5 years in Puerto Rico before moving to Pittsburgh. For me, studying at Pitt is an overseas experience and it opened the doors to an international education. Last year, I participated in my first two study abroad programs. During spring break, I went to study international marketing in Quito and Tena, Ecuador and over the summer, I did the International Internship Program in Madrid, Spain. Lastly, this spring semester I was selected to participate in a semester long program called Innovate, in which the abroad part of it took place over spring break, and I had the privilege to visit Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai in China. All my abroad experiences helped me to immerse in cultures completely different from mine -Latin American – and grow personally and professionally for my upcoming classes and career. Long term, I plan on graduating with highest honors and starting my professional career at an accounting firm (or a multinational company). I expect to have the opportunity of traveling as part of my job in a challenging, fast-paced but rewarding environment. My passion for international studies has brought me from my native country, Colombia, to Pittsburgh and will take me to an international field in accounting thanks to the academic, diverse and cultural knowledge that I am obtaining in my business education and study abroad programs.
This summer, I am going to be on the first Plus3 program for transfer business students that will take place in Dublin mid-May for over two weeks. It is very exciting to be amongst the first group of participants, which is one of the reasons that motivated me to choose and take part on this program. Over the trip, we will be visiting worldwide recognized companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google, PayPal and Airbnb. Also, we are going to visit cultural sites and universities such as the Cliffs of Moher, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Flea Market and the Griffith College. During this program, I will gain more confidence communicating with students from different backgrounds, career interests, and employers who work directly in the European market. I will be able to communicate my ideas effectively in a business context and share my culture and previous experiences. This program would provide me with opportunities to step out of my comfort zone by being the Q&A facilitator within my team members at Airbnb and networking with companies outside of the United States. What I will take the most out of this program in a personal aspect is to embrace with an open mind and curiosity a new culture, a place that I have dreamed of going to for the last months since I came back from my trip to Europe last year. I will become a more independent person and a risk-taker as I continue to travel by myself to a place with several differences compared to my roots and cultural background. Therefore, I will see my dream come true of travelling to as many places as possible.
In Dublin, I will be writing daily blogs about my professional, personal and cultural experiences. All of them will include pictures to add visuals to my stories and to show you what I will be experiencing in real time! Plus, photos of delicious typical food, including potatoes.
I can’t wait to start my first business study abroad program with an amazing group of students and faculty.
Let the journey begin!!
P.S. I took my photo at the Great Wall in China less than two months ago!