My Cyprus Story

The past two weeks in Cyprus have been unforgettable. I’ve been able to achieve so many things professionally, academically, and personally. When it comes to professional and academic development I’ve been able to speak with executives of companies and hear straight from the source on certain aspects of business I’m interested in. Also, we had…

Goodbye Cyprus

Today, unfortunately, was the day we departed from Cyprus. As we were taking the bus to the airport, it truly hit me that we were leaving this beautiful Mediterranean country. The bus from Limassol to Laranaca, about two hours, was the first part of a long journey back home to the States. Surprisingly to me,…

Training the Crew

Today we visited Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement Training Center. BSM was in Limassol and quite close to our hotel, so we just walked and did not have to take the bus. Once there, we were introduced to a teacher who showed us around the training center. The first room we were in was a relatively small…

Life off the grid!

We began our morning bright and early so that we could get to the Waorani nation before dark! It was a long day of travel, starting with an 8am bus ride into the Amazon rainforest. Then, we got onto gas powered canoes that would take us on the river into Waorani territory. Maddie, George, Riya,…

Day 14 – Bye Cyprus!

Our last day in Cyprus, or at least our last day of the trip since we were in Cyprus from 4ish hours until our flight left. All of our flights went smoothly, and practically nothing was delayed. Now, I can’t connect this to the supply chain like most shipping companies we visited airports have implemented…

Day 14 – More Shipping

On our final day, we visited the soul behind the shipping industry, the engine for the industry we studied the whole trip. And while we didn’t learn anything about the logistics of the supply chain, the blue-collar workers that train at the BSM ship management center certainly play a large role in keeping the chain…

Back In The Burgh

We left at 5:45am and flew home this past Friday. The day was quite long, and I slept the majority of it. Instead of boring all you readers with those details, I figured I’d do a reflection on the trip. Overall, I loved the trip and I am ultimately sad to go. This was my…

Not in Germany anymore… [Reflection Post]

My 12 days in Germany was such an amazing experience. I got to explore so many cities, delve deep into how automobiles are made, and eat delicious food. The German (and Austrian!) cities are all so different than American cities. Let me go on a tangent about transportation because this stuff interests me. I grew…

Long Way to Home!

This is my last blog of the trip, and unfortunately, it was not a very fun day! Today was entirely spent flying home from Cyprus, which for me was a journey that lasted about 22 hours! At 12:00 a.m. on Friday, we promptly departed from our hotel and went to the airport. Our flight was…

Last Day in Cyprus!

Today is our last day in Cyprus, and I’m a little heartbroken, to be honest. I’ve made memories on this trip that will last a lifetime, and I’ve learned so much about a nation that I truly knew almost nothing about before coming here. I know one day I will return here, but until then,…

Our Trip to Salzburg

Our first official day off program! To celebrate our company presentations and the hard work that we as a group put into them, we collectively agreed to take a day-long trip to Salzburg, Austria. If I had to describe this trip in one word, I would say it was extraordinary. Everything about this trip was…

Cement & More Boats

The first part of today, our second-to-last day in Cyprus, was spent at Vassiliko Cement Works. What stood out immediately upon entering the plant was the sheer size of the operation, both in terms of physical size and the sheer amount of concrete produced. After entering the plant, we were quickly ushered into the main…

Germany Tage 12: This isn’t Germany…

This is Austria! Why? Because for our free day in the Plus3 program, I and 11 others decided to take a 3 hour train to Salzburg, Austria. Nestled in the Alps quite close to the German border, Salzburg is a small city with a lot of history. Salzburg is similar to the German cities, but…

Reflection Post

Plus 3 Germany was everything I wanted it to be and more. I truly learned a lot on this trip. I came away with so much knowledge relating to the automotive industry that I would never have learned without this trip. This knowledge has led me to become even more interested in cars and now…

So many castles

Today we visited a couple castles. We started with the Kolossi Crusader Castle. The castle was really cool and had great views from the roof. There was a spiral staircase that went up two floors. The staircase was really skinny so it was easy to get dizzy on. The castle used to be a lot…

Irish I Was Still Abroad

It is crazy that I’m on this website writing a blog when I didn’t have a day of site visits and tours. Instead, I spent today in Pittsburgh and at my home in Youngstown, Ohio. When I think about our trip, I think of how much I have enjoyed being out of the country and…

Dublin’s Grand Finale

I’m sitting at Dublin airport with an eight hour flight ahead of me. I’m not sure where these last two weeks have gone but I’m pretty sure I’ve lived a whole year during them. Nine months, at least. Maybe I’ll have brighter epiphanies about my time in Ireland when I’ve caught up on sleep, but…

Thank you Ireland

I’ve been home for about 2 days now, and I’m so grateful for this trip! It’s still surreal that it’s over. I keep on recounting different stories to my family and looking back we did so much within those 2 weeksWe flew home on Friday and that was a story within its self. We took…

Medicine and Boats

Today was a day where we visited two businesses in completely different fields: pharmaceutical medication and ship management. Kicking off our day, we visited Medochemie Limassol, which is a manufacturer of generic drugs and over-the-counter medicine. They are an international company, manufacturing in both Cyprus and Vietnam and selling to nations all over the world….

So Many Boobies (Of the Blue-Footed Variety)

Our last full day in Ecuador was spent on Isla de la Plata, a small island around an hours boat ride outside of Puerto Lopez, and home to blue-footed boobies. When we arrived to the island, we saw sea turtles swimming right next to the boat. The captain threw some watermelon to keep them close…