Recap – 2 Weeks on Plus 3 Ireland

Being away from home can be funny at times. On one hand, it feels like months ago that I was dragging my bags up 2 flights of stairs into my apartment in Dublin. On the other hand, I can’t believe that two weeks have gone by. Today is my last day of solo traveling since…

Presentation Skills to Pay the Bills

Despite being quiet and reserved in most social settings, for whatever reason I don’t really mind giving presentations. I used to get extremely nervous but the more I present, the more confident I feel. One thing I always value in presentations is the presenter’s ability to be relatable yet professional without getting too stuffy. I…

Plus 3 Ireland in 3

If you were to talk to a middle aged person from Ireland, I’m sure you’d hear all about how the Dublin they grew up in is nowhere near the Dublin of today. Even in my lifetime, Dublin has transformed into a huge hub for technology and become home to some of the biggest names in…

Day ?? of Being a Tourist in Ireland

To be honest, Ireland was never on the top of my list of places I wanted to visit. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to come here, there just wasn’t much that came to mind when I thought of Ireland aside from green fields and lots of sheep! Since being in Ireland, I’ve come to…

Day 11: FoodCloud & Enterprise Ireland

Yesterday was yet another busy and exhausting day. It was nice to get out of the city center and visit FoodCloud, our only non-profit site visit! I was fortunate to be the lead on the Board Bia site visit  because I have always been interested in the food industry so I was excited to learn…

Day 10: Amazon

It’s hard to believe that we actually got to visit one of the biggest names in the tech industry – Amazon! I had no idea what to expect between the random horror stories I’ve heard of their warehouse work culture and the huge successes they’ve had. Our initial arrival at Amazon immediately set them apart….

Day 7: Cliffs of Moher & More

Today was my favorite day in Ireland by far. It was nice to get out of the city and visit the lush, green Ireland that I always imagined. I can’t believe that we made it to the other side of the country and saw such a different Ireland than what we have gotten used to…

Day 6: Ireland Inc.

This Friday we had the opportunity to visit Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board. To be honest, we weren’t quite sure just what Bord Bia did! To put it simply, Bord Bia is an agency that acts as a food consultant to Ireland. Their strategy is “To drive, through market insight, and, in partnership with…

Day 5: Strengths in Ireland

It is nice to revisit my top 5 themes from the gallup strengthsfinders test to see how I’ve been using them during my time in Ireland! My top theme is intellection, the ability to be very introspective and hold/value intellectual conversations. I think this program has been great for the utilization of this strength! I…

Day 4: Irish Identity

Day four turned out to be so much fun. Our tour of Croke Park was not what I expected! Being that I am not a huge sports fan, I assumed that our tour of the park would be very boring and dull to me but I soon found out that this park is more than…

Day 3 – 5 Years Later

Today was as exciting as it was exhausting. In one day of site visits, we got to compare a smaller family-run business, Pearson Lyon, to huge a multinational corporation, Google! Both were so exciting and so unique. It was a really great opportunity to see both sides of Irish business across two different but hugely…

Day 2: Nationality for Better or for Worse

Traveling is always a good way to observe yourself and test how strong your national identity is – it’s not something I typically think of until I am in a conversation with someone from another country. Unless you do not identify with your home country at all, it can be painful to remember some of…

Cheers to Day 1!

After a more than 24 hour day, I finally feel caught up on my sleep and ready to take on Dublin! Getting off the plane confirmed my expectations of how we would be treated as tourists in Ireland. We were greeted with smiling faces from the CAPA staff and shown kindness all throughout the airport….

Nice to meet yinz!

Hi guys! My name is Eliza Talvola and I’m an upcoming senior majoring in Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh! I am pursuing minors in Studio Arts and Japanese and this summer I will be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland! I am the oldest of 4 children and grew up just 40 minutes outside of…

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…