The Dublin Experience

Hi everyone! My name is Lacey Stalter and I am a sophomore in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Accounting and Human Resources Management with a minor in Economics. I am not sure which subject I will pursue after college, but I am leaning towards Accounting. I chose Human Resources Management for the recruiting side of it because I like to interact and communicate with people. I chose Accounting because I have enjoyed the accounting classes I have taken at Pitt so far. I live in Wexford, PA which is about 30 minutes north of Pitt, so I have always loved Pittsburgh and been a fan of the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins!

Last summer, I had an internship at a company called System One, where I worked in the Finance department. I applied million-dollar payments through cash applications, processed credit card payments, and deposited checks daily. That internship was an amazing experience and I learned so much through it. This summer, after studying abroad, I will be interning at Reed Smith in the Accounts Payable department. I am excited to see the information I learned through my accounting classes turn into real world experience. At Pitt, I am involved in several organizations such as Autism Speaks, a Christian organization called Cru, and a professional business fraternity called Delta Sigma Pi.In my free time I enjoy baking, watching movies, and painting my nails! 

In May, I will be traveling with fourteen other Pitt students to Dublin, Ireland for the Plus3 Program. We will be visiting companies in order to see how they compare and contrast to companies in the United States. I have lived near Pittsburgh my whole life and I have heard that it is similar to Dublin in many ways. I am looking forward to seeing if that statement is true! I am really excited for this trip because I am part Irish and I am really fascinated with the culture of Ireland. Also, I think it will be an awesome experience visiting Griffith College in Dublin because we will not only see how companies compare to Pittsburgh but also how Griffith college compares to Pitt. Personally, I feel that this trip will help me grow as an individual because it will teach me various ways to connect with people outside of my comfort zone.I have never traveled overseas before so this journey abroad will definitely be a challenge, but I know I will learn so much through it. Academically, it would make me a better business student in the long run; it could show me what my interests are outside of the classes taken at Pitt and could possibly guide me to a specific position I would want to go into after graduation.Professionally, this trip will help me grow my network and give me experience visiting companies and interacting with executives in a professional manner. I am intrigued to learn more about globalization through the technology and innovation industries that we will visit. I can’t wait to leave for Ireland and tell you more about my experiences!

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