Final Blog: Post-China Final Summary

For my final blog, I will discussing five professional development topics. My responses are a combination of previous knowledge and fresh opinions. The topics of the questions are found in the headers below. Ethical Issues In My Profession To be clear, my current, intended profession is somewhere within the finance industry. We have seen the…

Thomas Angelo: Final Reflection

Being able to go on this trip was such a blessing. My case was even more special. Originally, I had been waitlisted for the entire Plus3 program. Then, magically I got an e-mail saying I was accepted for Plus3 China. After setting up my meeting with Mr. Miner and learning about the due dates, I…

第十三天: Yu Are Beautiful

This morning we ventured off to the, as the title suggests, beautiful Yu Garden. The garden which is located in the Old City part of Shanghai boasted great views of the City God Temple being located right beside it. However, inside the garden, the views were much better. The pavilions and other buildings were connected…

第十二天: New Perspective

For my returning readers of the my last post, the top flavor was Blind Mango and the bottom flavor was White Peach, which created a phenomenal combination. Now onto today’s content. Today we went to Delphi Technologies, an engineering firm specializing in parts and engines for vehicles, in the morning and the American Chamber of…

第十一天: The World’s Largest Port and More!

Today our planned activities revolved around ports as we did both a port visit and also a visit to a logistics company that is partially responsible for exporting the goods you and I use and love in our everyday lives. We start at Ocean East International Logistics where, Lin Sen, General Manager of Ocean East,…

第十天: Back to Learning!

After five straight days of being treated to beautiful sites with deep history full of breathtaking views it is now time to get back to the studying part of studying abroad. Today, my classmates and I found ourselves visiting another university. The East China University of Science and Technology! Before I get into our wonderful…

第九天: Views and History

This was our last morning waking up in Xi’an and also our last morning enjoying the hotel’s magnificent breakfast display. Like the hotel in Beijing, the “continental” breakfast was nothing like you would find in the US. Since our hotel in Shanghai is apparently the nicest hotel of the three, according to Dr. Li who…

第八天: From Mind Blown to Dripping to Bargaining

As you may have notice from the title above, today’s activities delivered quite a variation. Let’s found out why! This morning we woke up super early to venture out to see the Terracotta Warriors. At first, I was not happy about waking up as early as we did but once we had finished the site…

第七天: A Life Changing Experience

Woke up feeling great after taking an easy night. Being in China, I am split between wanting to get decent sleep and wanting to experience everything I can each day. I think I am going to continue to “drive on fumes” I can catch up on sleep once I get home! Anyways today we did…

第六天: Another Day Full of New Experiences

After packing into the early morning, it was pretty rough to wake up in the morning. However, I knew I had a 6 hour train ride where I could catch up on sleep so I muscled through it. And that I did. Once I got to my seat and started listening to music it was…

第五天: Complete Cultural Immersion

This morning we visited Tiananmen Square or the Forbidden City or the home to the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty. To give you a perspective to the third largest city square in the world, if one were to stay the night in every room within the city square,…

第四天: Sunshine & Xiaomi

Today we took on two company visits: an insurance group and a cell phone manufacturer. We started by visiting Sunshine Insurance Group, a 13 year old company with very impressive success. Besides their vast success on all levels of relativity and comparison to other companies with similar pasts, what struck me most was their company…

第三天: CUFE Visit then off to the Olympics…a Decade Late!

Yes, I could barely feel my legs when I woke up. Today, I had the privilege of attending a lecture from Dr. Kai Yao a professor from the Central University of Finance and Economics. Our learning focused around big data, personalized marketing, differences in traditional marketing, e-commerce in China, and smart phone marketing. We were…

第二天: The Great Wall of China!

Precursor: Let’s go back roughly a year when I was still undecided about where I was going to be studying in college. I had options, but never expected that I was going to be visiting the Great Wall of China as a result of studying abroad through the University of Pittsburgh. Anyways, today was such…

第一天: Fifteen Hours of Flight

As the title says, today I spent fifteen hours in flight. In fact, this whole weekend has been one big mirage-like blur. Since Friday morning at about 2:00 AM, I have slept roughly 8 hours total, partially my fault and partially circumstantial. Anyways, the first flight was not too bad, only about 35 minutes. Then,…

Benjamin Bertan: Pre-Departure Individual Report

My international experience to date is:  My international experience to date includes a trip across the border to see Niagara Falls in Canada, a vacation to the beautiful Bahamas, and, most recently, a cruise with one day stops in Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico! Those above experiences are in order so one may notice an increase…

下一站是中国!

Hello everyone, my name is Ben Bertan. I am currently a rising sophomore in the College of Business Administration majoring in Finance and Business Information Systems, minoring in Economics, and pursuing a certificate in Business Analytics (CPBA). I am from a southwest suburb of Pittsburgh about 25 minutes driving from campus. This past semester was…

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…