Preparing for Korea

Hi! I’m Grace O’Malley, a first-year Computer Engineer at Pitt. I’m also pursuing minors in Poetry and Physics. I was born in San Francisco, California, but I moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania about 5 years ago (so, like everyone else, I’m from “outside Philly”). I’m the oldest of 4, plus one cat, and I’m really…

China Bound!

Ni Hao! My name is Jacob Hanzlik and I am a Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Major currently switching out of the Swanson school of engineering. I am from Leechburg Pennsylvania, about a thirty minute drive from Pittsburgh, and I am incredibly excited to study abroad in China! In Leechburg, I graduated from Kiski Area…

Cheapest Trip to China!

Ni Hao, I’m John Christiano, a freshman chemical engineering student in the Swanson school. I am originally from Rockville Maryland, just outside of DC. I am super excited to visit China! In Rockville, I graduated from Wheaton High School’s Engineering Academy. While I did a variety of activities in high school the two most influential…

China Bound!

I am a freshman engineering student studying Bioengineering with a track in Biomechanics. I am also an international exec lead for the club Engineers without Borders and have been a member since the beginning of my freshman year. We are doing two projects, one to Carijana, Bolivia and another project in Ococona, Nicaragua. The first…

Jack’s Journey to Italy

Hello everyone! My name is Jack Kremer and I am a freshman studying industrial engineering with a minor in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania where I originally attended Pine-Richland High School. Outside of my coursework, I keep myself busy at Pitt by participating on the club golf team and…

Seoul Searching in South Korea

Hey everyone! My name is Maria Mysliwiec, and I am a rising sophomore in the Swanson School of Engineering. I just recently declared Chemical Engineering as my major, and also plan to pursue an Electrical Engineering minor throughout my next three years at Pitt. I am very excited and honored to travel to South Korea…

Taking China to the Max

Hello everyone, I am Maxwell Vance and welcome to my blog. I am a rising sophomore at Pitt and a chemical engineering major. I took a six hour drive across Pennsylvania from my Philadelphia adjacent hometown of Abington to first move in to my home away from home, Pittsburgh. My first two semesters have already…

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…

Happily Awaiting Ho Chi Minh

Hi everyone! My name is Maria Thorpe, and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am majoring in chemical engineering. I am so excited to be travelling to Vietnam this summer on the Plus3 program! Originally, I am from Eldersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. I have one brother and two…

New Experiences

Hello! My name is Audrey Alligood. My major is electrical engineering and I also plan to minor in Japanese. I am a licensed emergency medical technician, and I love working with emergency services. After studying emergency medicine in my hometown of Carlisle, PA, I realized I wanted to do more to help people. I decided…

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…

Off to South Korea

Hi everyone! My name is Emma. I’m from Media, Pennsylvania, a town outside of Philadelphia, and I’m a Mechanical Engineering student at Pitt. Outside of class, I’m involved with SWE (the Society of Women Engineers), CHAARG (a workout club) and FORGE, a club that discusses worldwide current events concerning refugees. I also love going to…

Pitt to Beijing

Hey everyone!  My name is John Patti, although most people know me as Jack.  I am from Elma, New York, a small town about twenty minutes outside of Buffalo.  I am currently finishing up my freshman year here at Pitt, where I am majoring in chemical engineering.  I am unsure of what I want to…

Prepare for Takeoff

Hello everyone! My name is Frankie Fattori and I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in computer engineering. I am incredibly excited to take part in this year’s Plus 3 China program in order to compliment my in-class experiences with a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad opportunity. I am originally from Oxford, Pennsylvania, a…

On the Brink of a South Korean Adventure

Hello, my name is Elissa Wilton! I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering studying computer engineering, and I am extremely fortunate and excited to have the opportunity to participate in the two-week study abroad experience that is Plus3 Korea! When asked where I am from, I am one of those people who…

*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…

Keeping Up with Keilani

Xin chào! (That’s “hello” in Vietnamese!) My name is Keilani Swartzmiller. I am currently a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in industrial engineering and I intend on minoring in Chinese. As far as extracurriculars go, I am involved in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Pitt Excel (the diversity undergraduate program), and I…

Korea in the Eyes of a Memphian

Hello! My name is Halima Morafa and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering, majoring in mechanical engineering. This summer I will be partaking in the Plus 3 Korea study abroad program. I am from Memphis, TN and was raised in a very culture cultivated environment. My parents are Nigerian and British…