Irish I was still in Dublin

Reflecting back on these past two weeks, I just can’t believe how fast it all went.  We visited large tech companies like Google and Amazon and we also compared their business strategies to small local companies such as Pearse Lyons Distillery.  We had the opportunity to go on some astonishing day excursions like the Cliffs…

Last Supper

Unfortunately, today was our last full day in Ireland 🙁 As i’m writing this, i’m also finishing up with all of my packing and wondering where all the time has gone.  With these last couple days, we’ve also had our final presentations!  Each group was assigned to a particular company where they took the “lead”…

3 Years From Now

Yesterday was our second to last day in Dublin so it involved a lot of class time for final presentations and a guest speaker from IDA Ireland!  IDA Ireland’s overall goal is to bring foreign direct investments into Ireland.  Before we met the IDA representative, we discussed how the country has many factors that could…

to Summit all up

Yesterday was our second (and unfortunately our last) day excursion.  We started off bright and early on a guided tour bus with the same driver who took us to the Cliffs of Moher just a few days ago.  After driving for awhile, we reached our first stop at KilKenny!  It was highly suggested that we…

Enter(sur)prise Ireland

Today was one of our busiest days as we had two different site visits!  Our first was FoodCloud and our second was Enterprise Ireland.  FoodCloud has a vision for “a world where no good food goes to waste.”  Our speaker for the site visit was John Pakenham and he started off by explaining the problem…

Are you ever really alone with Alexa in your home?

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit Amazon! My first impression of the building (once we got to the correct location since we originally ended up at an alternate Amazon), was that it was fascinating.  It was an all glass building, but there was no large sign like I had thought there would be to…

“Guinness for Strength”

Today was a free day so many of us decided to take a tour at the Guinness factory.  The factory consisted of multiple levels and each portrayed a different theme.  We learned that Guinness is brewed using a combination of malted, unmalted and roasted barley.  We also learned that the water used in brewing Guinness…

I Want Moher of Ireland

Starting off the post with this picture because a stranger walked past while I was taking it and yelled “SOMEBODY PUT THIS GIRL ON THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE” so here we go: Ever since I found out that visiting the Cliffs of Moher was part of the Plus3 program, I constantly found myself looking up photos,…

One world: Food is love

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit a site which was definitely less known to the group in comparison to big names like Google or Amazon.  Bord Bia, which translates to Irish Food Board, started off their presentation by explaining the importance of Ireland’s Agri-Food Section since it is the largest indigenous sector.  We learned…

Lotto Gelato

My top five strengths are as follows: Futuristic Relator Achiever Learner Consistency These strengths are relevant to Plus3 for numerous reasons.  The futuristic aspect means that I am inspired by the future and what could be.  I inspire others with my visions of the future.  I definitely find myself looking forward to what is coming…

Identifying with Croke Park

Today was the first of our trip where we experienced true Dublin weather.  I think we’ve been really lucky the past few days with all the sunshine, but we finally met with the wind and rain.  We started out at the Garden of Remembrance which is a memorial garden in Dublin dedicated to the memory…

Day 2 – Cultural Tour and History Reflection

Today, our class had the honor of meeting with Dr. Sylvie Kleinman who toured us around part of Dublin.  Sylvie studied history and translation in Paris and lectures in Irish history at Trinity College.  It was clear right away that she had an abundance of knowledge about Ireland and the history.  She taught us about…

Arriving in Dublin

Our first day in Dublin was exhausting, but exhilarating.  With just a few hours of sleep, we began the day with breakfast at Chorus Cafe and a tour around Griffith College.  After approximately 12 hours, I gained a fascinating prospective into the life and culture of Dublin.  So far I have noticed that the Irish…

Dublin Introduction

Hello Everyone! My name is Ashley Bizon and I am currently a Senior in the College of Business Administration at Pitt majoring in Supply Chain Management and Business Information Systems. I’ve been a member of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band for the past three years and I’ll be a piccolo section leader for…

Meet Plus3 Transfer Ireland 2018!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the Technology and Innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…