Final Blog post – transferable skills

This trip, hands down, is going to be the highlight of my year. I can honestly say this has been one of the most rewarding trips that I have ever been on. I think this has to be due to the fact that this was the first trip abroad on which my parents haven’t come….

Day Seven

This morning I went to a cafe nearby to buy a croissant and a coffee. After that, we walked around Florence and went to the Accademia Gallery. There was a lot of cool artwork to see there, including Michelangelo’s statue of David! Next, we traveled to the Duomo. It was a great spot for pictures…

Can’t wait for Germany!

Hello! My name is Stephen Imhoff and I am a freshman Finance and Business Information Systems student. I am originally from Newark, Delaware. I love Philadelphia sports, movies, and all kinds of music (except country). I chose to go to Germany because of its fascinating history and beautiful landscape. I hope to learn a great…

On My Way to Germany

Hi, my name is Arman Hoseyni and I am a freshman at the Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I chose mechanical engineering because I have always been interested in discovering how and why things work. I decide to attend Pitt because I loved the campus, people,…

Ready for Germany!

Introduction Hi, my name is Alan Browning, and I am a rising sophomore engineer from Newtown, Pennsylvania. I plan to major in mechanical engineering, with a minor in computer science. I’ve chosen to major in engineering because I enjoy math and physics, and I love to understand how things work. I am not sure what type…

Nice to meet yinz!

Hi guys! My name is Eliza Talvola and I’m an upcoming senior majoring in Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh! I am pursuing minors in Studio Arts and Japanese and this summer I will be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland! I am the oldest of 4 children and grew up just 40 minutes outside of…

Plus 3 Italy Scholarship Blog

Ciao!! I am so excited for my study abroad trip to Italy. I can’t wait to begin studying the supply chain through fashion industries in Italy. From the classes and lessons that we have taken so far for our pre-trip meeting, I am looking forward to what this trip has in store and how the…

Costa Rica Reflection

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of my time in Costa Rica. Pitt Business’ Plus3 program is an incredible way for their students to experience the world while learning things that will transfer over to their domestic studies. While abroad, we focused on supply chain management, specifically, how coffee makes its journey from, for example, a…

Scholarship Reflection!

I received the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship in order to help me go on this study abroad to China. I am extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity to go and I couldn’t have done it without this scholarship. I was able to explore different facets of the business industry and see it on a…

Looking Back on My Costa Rica Adventure

My study abroad program was two weeks in Costa Rica studying the supply chain of the coffee industry. It was so much fun but also it was exhausting and came with lots of challenges. I only had some Spanish vocabulary background from high school, but basically no experience speaking the language. So it was very…

Reflection Part II: The Pura Vida Effect

Upon arriving in country, we sat down with our host mom to sign a contract stating that we’d be respectful of the house, follow basic rules, etc. All was going smoothly until we reached the last bullet point.                 -Student must speak/communicate in Spanish and only Spanish. My…

Reflection Part I: American Girl in Tico Culture

In 11th grade, I took a writing course that focused on the power of storytelling. One of my classmates shared a story with the class about her experience travelling back to her family’s roots in India. She spoke of how excited she originally was to meet her people, however, her dream didn’t go quite as…

Final Report

Ethical Issues in My Profession: One of the major themes of this trip was the use of big data. As a computer engineer, I will have to be careful in considering how I collect and share this data. If data is taken or distributed without the customer’s knowledge, it could erode trust in my profession,…

Day 12: Yu Garden

It’s unreal how the time flies. Today was our last full day in China, and it was bittersweet. We began our day by visiting the Yu Garden. I was particularly excited for this site because it is the one I studied for the pre-departure presentation. And, I was not disappointed, it was a beautiful place…

Day 11: TE Connectivity & Dupont

I woke up late today. We were supposed to be in lobby at 8:45 and I got out of bed at about 8:25, so it was a stressful morning. I quickly showered and threw on a business casual outfit, then raced downstairs to grab some bananas and yogurt. At 8:44, I met with group, and…

Day 10: Yangshan Port

Our day began with a trip to the Yangshan port. On the way there, our tour guide for the day, a business man in the freight-forwarding business, talked to us about his work in logistics and adjusting to life in China and Shanghai. He told us that he hadn’t much considered living in China, but…

Day 9: Donghua University

We visited Donghua University today, a college famous for its engineering, business, and fashion schools. When we arrived, we were treated to another lecture on the smartphone industry. This time we learned about the big three tech companies in China – Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (collectively known as BAT). Baidu is essentially the Chinese Google;…

Day 8: Shanghai

Today marked out arrival in Shanghai. Again, we traveled at over 200 miles per hour by bullet train. This time though, I spent most of it catching up on sleep. However, in the last hour or so of the ride, I woke up, and Dr. Li shared some loose-leaf tea with me. I had never…

Day 7: Terracotta Army

With its incredible history, breath-taking scale, and intricate detail, the Terracotta Army has been my favorite site yet. There were 3 massive dig sites, enclosed in hangars, that told the history of the site. The first site contained mostly unearthed and fully reconstructed warriors, including foot soldiers, archers, generals, horses, and carriages. Each statue was…

Day 6: Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

What an eye-opening experience. Today, we visited the Xi’an Children’s Village. The Children’s Village is a 100% donation funded home for Chinese children whose parents are either in jail or otherwise currently not able to support their children. We were there to deliver Pitt’s donation, and to partake in several activities with the children. First,…