Here I Come, Ho Chi Minh!

Hello everyone! My name is Jaden Draksler and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration. Currently, I am double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management while also pursuing the Certificate in Business Analytics and a minor in Economics. I am not entirely sure what I want to do after graduation yet, but I am eager to figure that out as I progress on my journey through college. Here at Pitt I am involved in Phi Beta Lambda, a professional business organization, and Be the Match, the national bone marrow registry presence on campus.

I grew up on a farm in Dilltown, PA – the epitome of a really small town. Despite the allure of chickens and hay, my heart has always been in the city, so here I am at Pitt! I love to spend my free time soaking up the busy nature of the city – whether that be rooting on the Pirates, kayaking at the Point, jamming out at a concert, or taking a jog through Schenley Park.

I do not have much experience with international travel, so naturally I jumped on the opportunity to participate in Plus3. Vietnam spoke to me for many reasons, both professionally and personally. Studying the topic of globalization will be incredibly beneficial to my future professional life, as business is more global and connected now than ever before. What better way to truly understand this concept than first-hand experience? Studying business through a completely different cultural lens and perspective is an absolutely priceless addition to my traditional education. On a more personal note, I have always felt an intrinsic connection to this far-off place. My grandfather served in Vietnam, changing his life and our family forever. During his time there he developed such a great sense of strength, growth, and respect for our larger world and all that it encompasses. I have always dreamed of experiencing just a fraction of that feeling, and now I have been granted a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that. I am beyond excited to embark on my own life-changing experience in a place so deeply intertwined in my family history.

I am ready to soak in everything Vietnam has to offer – the people, the culture, the food, the heat, the language – and broaden my horizons far beyond the classroom, the city, and my little hometown farm.

So, to the world I go – here I come, Ho Chi Minh City!

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  1. Diana Sirianni says:

    Congratulations Jaden! What a wonderful opportunity. I’m sure you grandmother and grandfather are so very proud of you! (Your grandmother was a student of mine at United H.S.–one of my best!)

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