Day 6: Taekwondo Training

May 9, 2019 Another day, another company visit. This time we headed out toward what everyone in town calls “the Google of Korea”: NAVER. At the vanguard of artificial intelligence and machine learning, this Seoul-based operation is an online platform that has developed its own search engine and web portal. It honestly amazes what people…

Day 5: Our First Company Visits

May 8, 2019 Wow, our fifth day is already over. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I feel like we’ve only been here for a day or two, yet we’ve seen so much. Today was our first of the more academic days here in Seoul. We toured a couple of companies…

Day 3: Gyeongbokgung Palace

May 6, 2019 Alright, alright. No more time travelling. No more half days. We’re here. We’re actually here, and we took full advantage today. We’ve done so much, I can hardly remember it all. I guess it’s a good thing I’ll have a digital record after my blog is complete. Anyhow, the actual content. Our…

Day 2: We Have Arrived

May 5, 2019 Okay. All things considered, today felt like a more of a half day than anything… or maybe a quarter day. I’m not really sure. After finally landing at the airport outside of Seoul, we got our first taste of what the country looks like. I think I speak for everyone when I…

Day 1: Time Traveling

May 4, 2019 We didn’t exactly hit the ground running to start our trip. Today consisted entirely of travel. Can’t say it doesn’t make sense. South Korea is about as far as we can get from Pittsburgh. Factor in the couple of hours to Dallas, twelve more to Incheon, and a thirteen-hour time difference and…

Well at least now I know four phrases in Chinese.

It’s truly amazing to think back on my time in China. It’s hard to believe it even happened at all now that I’m back on the other side of the world in my tiny town. I know that all of the memories I made, lessons I learned, and friends I met (more like family really)…

Final Summary

The past two weeks in China have been an amazing experience for me.  I learned even more than I thought I could.  We had the chance to study Chinese culture and successful businesses in China, and I even learned a little bit about engineering.  I think everything we did from visiting universities to companies allowed…

I finally had cheese!

By day three of Shanghai, pretty much everyone was feeling the fatigue caused by almost two weeks of going nonstop (especially since many of us had had a very long, but very fun, night the previous evening). So we boarded the bus for the two and half hour ride out to the Yang Shan Port…

Blog #4: Our Glorious Chairman Mao

Today was going to be our last day in Beijing. We visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, so it was certainly a packed day. Walking through Tiananmen Square was the weirdest feeling because we all know what happened there, but almost no one in China knows about it. I remember…

Our Final Day in China

Today was our very last day in China.  I’m sad to be leaving China and all the friends I have made but, I am also kind of happy to be going back to normal life at home.  The flight however I am not looking forward to.  This morning we went to the Yu Garden, which…

Day 11: The Yangshan Port

Today was our second last day before the long flight home we’re all starting to dread.  We had a very early start this morning for the long drive to our last company visit.  On the bus ride to the port we had guest speaker who was a former student at Pitt who had moved to…

Yeah I don’t know anything about engineering.

Day 2 in Shanghai started off with one of my favorite visits of the whole trip: the American Chamber of Commerce (or AmCham). I really didn’t have the highest hopes going into it because you hear chamber of commerce here and just think of a bunch of people talking about pretty boring stuff. But the…

South Korea: Final Summary

It was an amazing two weeks in South Korea that was full of experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life. As this was my first time traveling to internationally, it changed my perspective on many things and taught me about a different culture that will impact me as I grow and…

Starbucks Reserve Roastery SLAPS!

Before I get into the first full day in Shanghai, let me just briefly talk about the river cruise the night before. Shanghai is so cool! It’s basically like New York on steroids. The skyline at night is is like nowhere else I’ve seen with all of the lights. There are even two buildings next…

Final Reflection

My two weeks in South Korea was a once in a life time amazing experience. I learned so much and had so many great experiences. When I first applied for the Plus3 program I did not know what to expect; and even the day that we left Pittsburgh, I still had no clue what would…

Goodbye China

My time in China was enriching both personally and professionally. I learned a lot about China and business in China but I also got a better understanding of business and what I can do as a part of the industry. For one thing, I realized how important integrity is. From everything I saw with the…

5/16 Yu Garden

This is already our last morning in China! We drove the bus into Shanghai and got out to walk down a street that looked a lot like a mix of the Hutong district in Beijing and Muslim Street in Xi’an, the street even had some street vendors cranking out the usual octopus on a stick….

5/15 Yangshan Port

Today was our first company visit where we had to take a bus to see the different parts of the facility. Yangshan port is humongous, and we had to take one of the longest bridges I have ever been on to get there. Between endpoints, the bridge was a thirty minute drive and for a…

5/14 AmCham and Horiba

Today we visited the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) office in Shanghai, an organization that monitors and reports on business and trade between China and America. Despite how official the name sounds, the office isn’t actually related to other American Chamber of Commerce offices in different countries. I absolutely loved the presentation at AmCham. The…