Hello and welcome to the blog of my Plus3 Ireland trip! My name is Mallory Reitz, I was born and raised in a small town east of Pittsburgh. I am currently a junior and will be earning my degree in Finance in December of this year. Outside of the classroom, I’m also involved in Free the Planet and Outdooors Club at Pitt. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, car rides with the windows down, shopping at second-hand stores, and finding the best picnic spots around Pittsburgh. I hope to use the experiences I gain at Pitt to put me exactly where I belong in life. Although I’m still figuring out where that is, I trust that I’ll find it.
I first became interested in business when I recognized the global opportunities that came along with it. My biggest motivators in life center around expanding as a person through experience, and I believe travel is the best way to do this. I’m incredibly interested in other cultures and would hate to go through life without answering the question of what the world is like outside of my world. I chose Plus3 Dublin because I find the culture of Ireland very welcoming and uplifting. Also, my original plan for Florence wasn’t as ideal! This trip will include the perfect mix of work, school, and exploratory experience that will truly fulfill my aspirations for business abroad.
Academically, I hope to expand my knowledge by gaining a better sense of what it’s like to conduct business abroad. Although we’ve gone through the basics, I can’t wait to have hands-on experiences doing this! This will give me a great opportunity to learn the professional communication skills I’ve been striving for. Personally, I’d like to learn how to live more independently and adapt to different environments. By studying abroad I can foresee challenges with feeling academic stress in an unknown place and believe that I’ll only come out stronger. I am also extremely excited about the non-academic adventures we’ll be taking! Exploring fills my heart.
With all that being said, let’s get this adventure started!