Kris Who? How One Man Singlehandedly Runs The Advertising Industry

After a few days traveling around in China, I noticed that on almost every billboard, the same guy would appear advertising a product. At first, most of the billboards were for the same tech company, Xiaomi, but just in different colors. But overtime, I noticed that this guy advertised EVERYTHING! From phones, to ice cream,…

Professional Development Reflection: Fodun Ologunde

 Ethical Issues in My Profession The issue of ethics seems to constantly arise in a variety of professions almost on a daily basis. For each new product on the market, professionals need to meet certain ethical standards to ensure the safety of their products to everyone involved in the manufacturing, distribution, and consumption of these…

Day 13: Home Awaits

Whelp! Made it to the last day. Waking up today I just wanted to close my eyes and appear back home. I felt an odd mix of excitement and sadness. Excitement because honestly, I had started missing home, certain foods, and I had become so exhausted during the two-week stay. I was a little sad…

Day 12: Yu Garden and Farewell Dinner

Today started off with me feeling weird. I was well aware it was our last full day in China and I was oddly sad but excited at the same time. I had truly enjoyed my time in China, but I had already started missing home. I didn’t feel like I fit in here. We started…

Day 11: Delphi & AmCham Visit

Today was yet another business day. We first visited Delphi technologies. Based on the name, I thought it would be another tech company like Xiaomi which had many diverse products ranging from phones to TV’s. There was a concise presentation and we got to hear from a Pitt graduate school alum. It was really nice…

Day 10: Ocean East and Yang Shan Port Visit

Today, we visited the company: Ocean East International Logistics. Prior to that, the most I had really heard of Logistics was from a UPS commercial back in the day that had lines like “when the things that we need come at just the right speed, that’s logistics” and other lines I would just mumble until…

Day 9: Visit to East China University & Acrobatics Show

Today, we took a trip to East China University of Science and Technology. I was finally excited because we would finally learn about engineering related concepts. The presentation started out great, we talked about our experiences in China so far and had some time to ask questions about anything academic or China related. After that…

Day 8: Shanghai & Huangpu Cruise Tour

Today, we started off early as usual. We took the high-speed train to Shanghai. I learned my lesson from the first trip to not buy the meals made available. I tried to occupy myself for the six-hour trip by writing blogs, playing cards, games, talking to Dr. Li about our group business pitch, and napping….

Day 7: Terra-Cotta Warriors & Biking on the City Wall

Today, we started out early around 7:30 am to get to the Terra-Cotta Warriors. We had to leave so early to beat the swarm of tourists and locals who visit the site. I remember learning about the warriors back in the 6thgrade but on getting to the site, I realized that I had forgotten so…

Day 6: Children’s Village & Wide Goose Pagoda

Today, we visited the Xi’an Children’s Village. It is a special establishment for children whose parents are in jail and don’t have other family members to care for them. Before coming to Xi’an, I had never heard of such a place and I was so surprised that my mind had never really paid attention to…

Day 5: Drum Tower & Muslim Quarter Visit

Today started out quite early at 6:15am as we headed down to the high-speed trains to travel to Xi’an. They were basically set up like airplanes but there was so much more leg room, the bathrooms were more spacious, and there was a lot of space to get up, stretch, and walk around. I expected…

Day 4: Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

Today we took our trip to the Forbidden City. Before coming here and understanding the history, I couldn’t fathom what people could have done to have their city become forbidden. I also did not realize that when they called it a city they were not joking. It stretched out for so long, miles and miles….

Day 3: Sunshine Insurance Group & Xiaomi

Our day started out quite early as we headed to Sunshine Insurance Group. We were greeted and told about the company, some of the values, and their co-op programs. Then we proceeded to watch a 30-minute video on how the company was founded and developed. I expected to be completely bored by the video because…

Day 2: CUFE and the Bubble Tea Hunt

Today, we took a trip to Central University of Finance and Economics. We had a presentation about big data and having efficient production systems. It was really interesting because I had never heard of it and never realized how prominent it was in my daily life. Later on, we took a tour of the university’s…

Day 1: The Great Wall

Today, we walked up 70 flights of stairs to the Great Wall!!! My heart was beating so fast all the way up, it felt like I had been sprinting. It was all worth it when I saw the first piece of the Great Wall. We got up there in about 20 minutes. The scenery was…

Day 0: Travelling to China

Today, we started out our trip to China dark and early at 2:15am. Most of us didn’t bother sleeping the night before so we stayed up in one of the Towers lounges and got to know each other a little bit. We took a chartered bus to the airport and arrived there before the check-in…

Pre-Departure Report: Fodun Ologunde

My international experience to date: I’ve had multiple international experiences. I was born in Nigeria and moved between Nigeria and the United States throughout my childhood and teen years. In 2015, I had the opportunity of traveling with a small team of students to Kazakhstan to participate in the International Olympiad in Informatics. Also, during my…

Chasing China!

Hey everyone! I’m Fodun Ologunde, I’m from Nigeria and I currently live in Philly. I am a computer engineering major in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am a proud member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Pitt EXCEL, an undergraduate diversity engineering academic organization. Next fall, I look forward to becoming a…

Meet Plus3 China 2018!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student will…