From the classroom, to the city, to Vietnam!

Hello everyone! My name is Allyson Koda, and I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh looking to pursue a degree in marketing with minors in computer science and creative writing, and a certificate in data analytics. On campus, I am involved with The American Marketing Association and competed on their case competition team….

Countdown to Vietnam: 13 Days

Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa Barton and I am a student in the Swanson School of Engineering. I plan on pursuing chemical engineering and a certificate in nuclear engineering. I’m not sure what exactly I would like to do pertaining to nuclear engineering yet; I am intrigued to find out more about the field…

Study for Finals? nah… Study abroad? ‘Nam.

Hi Everyone, My name is Patrick Stevens and I can’t wait until Plus3 Vietnam! I’m finishing up freshman year here at Pitt and am excited for next fall when I will be starting my Computer Engineering classes in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am from a south suburb of Chicago, Palos Heights, Illinois and…

Variety is the Spice of Life

Hey everybody! My name is Ryan MacElroy. I am one of eight children, and I am very excited to embark on Plus3 Vietnam! I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. My hobbies include skiing, soccer, and watching documentaries. Fun fact: I once ate an entire bag of chocolate chips in one sitting. I am a freshman…

*Insert Vietnam pun here*

I’m Lorenzo Monteil. I’m writing this to fulfill my requirements as a participant of plus3 Vietnam. There isn’t much to introduce here, but to put it concisely: Personally, I lived in LA(the city, not the state) most of my life, on standardized tests I fill out the “multiple ethnicities” bubble, I know enough Spanish to…

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,…

Sightseeing with Sarah

Hello! I’m Sarah Dapper and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration. My intended majors as of now are marketing and psychology. There is a possibility that I pursue a minor in economics as well but this may change as I discover what I enjoy with some more classes. I am also…

Off to Vietnam in a Ho Chi Minute!

Hello everyone! My name is Braden Hurst, a Freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. I am originally from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, a small town in the middle of the state. As of now, I intend to double major in Marketing and Supply Chain management within the College of Business Administration, while pursuing a minor in Spanish…

Happily Heading to Ho Chi Minh

Greetings everyone! My name is Jake Walker and I am currently enrolled in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I plan on pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in Structural Engineering, as well as a minor in Architectural Design. I do not currently have an intended career planned…

Signing on in Saigon

Hi everyone! My name is Josh Sorkin and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration planning to major in finance and accounting with a certificate in international business. I was born in New Jersey, but I’ve lived in Alpharetta, Ga since I was five. Coming to Pittsburgh from Georgia was a big…

Difference Betwixt Home and Travel

When you’re preparing to go to another country, especially one as “exotic” as an Asian one, everyone will tell you over and over again how incredibly different it will be. These people are correct. It can be hard to adjust, and you need to relearn some things you probably take for granted, such as knowing…

Adventure Goals

^Me entering the Củ Chi Tunnels International travel has always been an important goal of mine. I have wanted to study abroad since before even I knew I wanted to attend college. Before I had had a kind of bucket list of countries and locations, including a lot of mainstream locations such as Paris, Germany,…

Locals and Americans

^This is Bunny, one of the Vietnamese students. She is one of the most fun and out-spoken people I’ve ever met. For the most part the locals we interacted with were Vietnamese students at the University of Economics and Finance—the partner university that makes Plus3 Vietnam possible. The students knew WAY more about American pop…

Company Visits

  ^Model of VSIP My favorite thing about the company visits was seeing what we were learning about. We had read articles about development and globalization, but the difference between simply reading about something and actually seeing it and how it impacts the world is huge. During the company visits we got to see exactly…

Challenges: Finding ANYTHING that fits!

Honestly one of the biggest challenges I had to overcome in Vietnam did not actually stem from the culture difference, but rather my inability to dress business casual. I did not pack enough appropriate business casual clothes and had to buy new shirts in Vietnam. This was quite the challenge, as people from Vietnam and…

Overview of the Plus3 Vietnam

Plus 3 Vietnam is a three-credit study abroad experience offered by the University of Pittsburgh to business and engineering students. This program focuses on how globalization has affected the development of Vietnam. This course consists of two main components, a pre-departure component and actual trip. The pre-departure component includes an introduction to globalization, the country-specific…

Oh Vietnam, how I’ll miss you

Traveling to Vietnam was an incredible experience for me. I made so many new friends, I pushed myself to try new things, and I learned about a beautiful country and its history and culture. I’m tremendously grateful for this experience and everyone I got to experience it with. Throughout my time abroad, I gained a…

Final Thoughts

In reflecting upon my experience in Vietnam, I have come to recognize my most valued takeaways from the experience. The first of these is a new insight into professionalism and what it means to take part in the global economy. Our visits to the companies provided a new experience for me as I was able…

Forever in My Heart

Well I’ve thought for some time now about how I can put my experience in Vietnam into words. I’ve scrolled through the hundreds of pictures I took and reminisced about all the memories I made, but I never felt as if those still photos were able to fully convey the feelings felt, the depth of…