Day 0: Xin chào!

Hi everyone! My name is Julia Mascho, and I’m a freshman environmental engineering student here at Pitt. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I’m probably writing or drawing. In the future, I aim to design environmental policy. I can also picture myself sampling streams and sediment across Pennsylvania. In my free time, I want to foster rescue animals. Luckily, I have several years to balance all my future plans before graduation; for right now, I’m content trying to make the most of my time here in Pittsburgh!

I chose Plus 3 because I knew how complicated traveling abroad while studying engineering can be. I plan to take advantage of Pitt’s engineering co-op program, so I’m glad I have the opportunity to travel at the end of my freshman year. In all honesty, I would’ve been excited to go on any of the Plus 3 programs, but I am thrilled to be travelling to Vietnam. I originally chose Plus 3 Vietnam because of its academic focus. I’m curious to learn more about how globalization has affected other countries. I’m excited to learn about and see its effects firsthand through the company visits. I’m grateful to get this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I was born and raised in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. For as long as I can remember, PA has always been my home. I’m eager to finally leave North America and go to someplace new! I’m nervous, but more importantly, I’m beyond thrilled. Two weeks abroad will push me out of my comfort zone. In addition, international business experience will help me to develop communication skills necessary for future professional relationships.

Most of all, I’m eager to learn more about Vietnamese history and culture. There’s so much I don’t know! Meeting the students from the University of Economics and Finance will be an amazing way to connect to Vietnam. I’m most excited for Vietnamese language lessons, and I’m glad the Vietnamese students will be there to help us out. I hope they won’t laugh too hard at my poor pronunciation. In all honesty, I’m excited just to be laughing there with them.

As of right now, our trip is less than a month away until we leave. To everyone in my program, I can’t wait to get to know you better! To the Vietnamese students, I can’t wait to meet you!

See you soon, Vietnam!

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