Final Reflection

As I entered the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman student I was overwhelmed by the endless opportunities that were available to students. I knew that I wanted to make my college experience the best that it could possibly be, but I was unsure of how to make this happen. Through Pitt Business I found…

Good(bye) Vietnam

As I write this final blog post back at home instead of in the blazing Vietnamese heat, I have time to reflect on how amazing this trip was. Two weeks have never gone by so fast, it feels like just yesterday all the students in our group were getting to know each other in a…

Slithering Through the Mekong Delta

Today’s adventure was centered around a trip to the Mekong Delta, south of Ho Chi Minh City. After a long bus ride our group slathered on sunscreen and bug spray as we boarded a boat in the Mekong River. As I usually suffer from motion sickness I was very nervous for this trip but the…

Seas the Day!

Today was bittersweet as our group attended our last site visit of the trip; Cat Lai Terminal. This visit wrapped up the development aspect of our experience in Vietnam as Cat Lai is one of the largest ports in the country. All of the businesses that we have visited earlier in the trip provide goods…

Meeting Sharks in Vietnam

Surprisingly today has been my favorite day in Vietnam! Our group might not have spent a relaxing day at a five-star beach resort but during this eventful day I was exposed to the most enlightening aspects of the trip. This morning we attended our last lecture at UEF on the philosophy of Buddhism. At first,…

VIPs in VSIP

After much excitement, I finally got to visit the business in which my small group did our pre-departure presentation on, Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park. This park was established based upon an agreement between the Vietnamese and Singaporean governments to aid in the development of Vietnam. During the presentation, our group was shown pictures of the…

Climbing Into History

Starting out on today’s adventure my mind was filled with questions; what is the jungle going to be like and how will I fit in a tiny hole in the ground? The first question was answered right after I stepped off the bus, the jungle was hot, dense, and filled with creepy bugs (somehow I…

Up, Up, and Away!

After the past few days touring companies and attending class at UEF, our group finally had a change of pace as we traveled to Vung Tau, a resort town outside of the city. During the three-hour bus ride to the resort, I got to see a new side of the country. Through the windows of…

Consulate Day

At this point in the trip I feel that traveling and all the unfamiliar aspects of this journey are starting to catch up with me. Today was a long day for this reason, but was also interesting as we got to visit the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. During our visit two officers…

Big Mac- Big Mood

Today did not go as scheduled, the site visit was cancelled as there were flaws in communication but our group will get to visit Vina Capital later next week. Instead we toured the War Remnants Museum nearby the hotel. The museum was unlike any other I have visited, there were mainly pictures and as expected…

Day 3 was EGGstraordinary

It’s crazy to think that today is my third day in Vietnam. Time really does fly when you are having fun (and waking up at 7 AM everyday). This morning we attended at lecture at UEF by an economics professor who spoke about her research on the effect of climate change in the Mekong Delta….

“Imagine all the people sharing all the world”

  Once our group awoke from a deep exhaustion-educed slumber caused by the previous hectic day, we attended a lecture on urbanization, development, and planning in Ho Chi Minh City. The speaker compared Vietnam’s mentality towards globalization to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. Just as Lennon sings in his famous song, Vietnam strives to…

All Smiles for Day 1

After over twenty-four hours of travel, my Plus3 experience has finally begun! On this steamy Monday, as a group we attended the reception at the University of Economics and Finance where we were met with handmade leis and a warm welcome from all of the student partners. I experienced many ‘firsts’ today including my first…

“And Thus the Journey Begins”

Hello Everyone! My name is Kate McAssey and I am a freshman Accounting major from West Chester, Pennsylvania. After college I aspire to become a Certified Public Accountant and work for a Big Four Accounting Firm, but for now I enjoy exploring Pittsburgh, trying new foods, and spending time with friends. One of my main…

Meet Plus3 Vietnam 2018!

Welcome to the Vietnam Plus3 Study Abroad Program! During their two weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, students will experience a dynamic mix of educational and cultural activities. Plus 3 participants will have the chance to be immersed into Vietnamese culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus 3 program…