Hi, I’m Ryan Mowry. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. I am studying to become a chemical engineer, and plan on receiving minors in both chemistry and petroleum engineering along the way. At the University of Pittsburgh, I also participate in Pitt Serves, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Lambda Sigma Honor Society. When I’m not at school I enjoy playing basketball, reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling.
My love of traveling is why I am so excited to be able to take a trip to Italy this May, thanks to the Pitt Plus 3 Program. I knew I wanted to spend time abroad this summer since I love to travel, and I’ve wanted to see Italy since I was in elementary school. This made the Pitt Plus 3 Italy program the perfect opportunity for me to take advantage of, plus it offers much more than just a foreign trip. While in Italy, I will be studying the fashion supply chain and textile manufacturing process. While I am not particularly experienced with either one of these, they both seem like very interesting fields that I have a lot of room to learn about. Additionally, I hope that having the opportunity to see some foreign workplaces will make me think a little bit about the environment that I want to work in one day, and will help me form a clear understanding of what I am hoping for in my future. Also, while abroad, I want to experience the Italian culture on a personal level. I have always found European cultures very inviting and interesting, but I have never had the pleasure to really dive into one. I hope that the two weeks I spend in Italy will be enough time for me to get the full experience of Italian life, first hand.
Two of the biggest aspects of Italian life that I am excited to experience are the closeness of interpersonal interactions, and of course the food. I ‘m looking forward to talking to as many locals as I can in order to get a better understanding of the close ties that they always seem to have. And I am also looking forward to trying real Italian pizza and pasta, after all, it must be famous for a reason. I’m also very excited to see the ancient architecture in Italy. Here in the United States, the oldest buildings you could ever see are only a couple hundred years old. But buildings in Italy can be over half a millennium old! I can’t wait to see how they’ve held up and admire the intricate designs of the past. Most of all, I hope that my trip, like the ancient buildings, will be memorable, and that I will always be able to look back at it with no regrets that I didn’t get the most out of a single day.