Guarda I’Italia, Eccomi!


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.

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