Final Reflection- Looking Back on Plus3 Korea

Right now, as I write this, I’m 35,000 feet in the air, just entering US airspace for the first time in two weeks. Looking back at the Plus3 experience from a bird’s eye view, one thing is overwhelmingly clear: how much I’ve learned about myself as a person, a student, and a global citizen. This…

5/18/19- Seoul-Long Korea, Hello America

I thought that our initial day of travel from Pittsburgh to Seoul couldn’t possibly have been longer. However, I was proved very wrong by the process of getting back home again. This time, we were looking at a solid 35 hours; including 7 hours from Busan to Incheon Airport, 3 hours in the airport, 12…

5/17/19- The Final Day (feat. Haeundae)

Today was the perfect relaxing day to wrap up the past two weeks of Korean adventure. This was our free day in Busan, when we had the option to do whatever we wanted from whenever we woke up until 5pm. Because of who I am as a person, I woke up from a great deep…

5/16/19- Diplomacy, 3D Printed

Today, we all woke up a bit upset. It would be the final day of official visits in the Plus3 itinerary. However, some of this sadness was mitigated by the knowledge that tomorrow would be a fun free day at the beach, and that after that we could go home and see our family and…

5/15/19- Trainor and Containers

Today, we got the privilege of exploring further the commercial opportunities the city of Busan has in store. We slept in a bit and met in the hotel lobby around 9:20am. After boarding the bus, we drove off for about a forty-minute journey to Trainor, our first company visit of the day. We arrived at…

5/14/19- Hyundai and Busan: A Motor City and a Port City

We only had one company visit today, but it was debatably our most exciting yet. After sleeping in a bit, we checked out of our beautiful hotel after a short stay of only one night. We boarded our bus for what seems like the 1000th time, and set out for the 30-minute journey to the…

5/13/19- Shipping Out to Ulsan

Today was a nice introduction to Korea as an industrial powerhouse: a theme which we will be exploring in-depth throughout the rest of our time here. The day began with a crack-of-dawn (7:30) check-out time from our Gyeongju hotel. After getting ourselves and our belongings on the bus, we took the just over hour-long journey…

5/12/19- Cultural Carousel

To say the least, today was a whirlwind.  The goal for the day was to visit every historical site in Gyeongju, and there are quite a few, all within the span of 8 hours or so. We got it done, but it was no easy feat. The day got only a moderately early start, as…

5/11/19- Driving and Praying

Today was a nice break from the madness and nonstop action of our first week. We woke up, packed up our belongings, boarded the bus, and wished the gorgeous city of Seoul a bittersweet goodbye. We then hopped on the bus for a 4-hour journey to the cultural town of Gyeongju. About halfway through the…

5/10/19-A Nation Divided

When I first looked at our Plus3 schedule, this was definitely the day I was most looking forward to. To me, the history behind the divide between North and South Korea is one of the most interesting parts of the country, and now I would finally get to visit the center of the action, the…

5/9/19- Bro, Just Naver It

The innovative spirit of Korea was clearly on display today. We only had one company visit scheduled, but it was a big one: Naver, essentially the Google of Korea. Their modern, picturesque headquarters were about an hour from our hotel, but it was well worth the trip. On arrival, we were taken into a meeting…

5/8/19- Experiences That Defy (Bio)Logic

I learned many things today, (as I have every day thus far). However, the most surprising thing I found out was how far and wide Seoul stretches. Officially, the city limits span over 233 square miles, as was made extremely clear to me today. I woke up while the sun was still only peeking over…

5/7/2019- Education: Gangnam Style

When my alarm rang this morning, I was struck by conflicting emotions. On one hand, I really could’ve hoped for a few more precious hours of shut-eye. However, I was motivated to get up when I remembered that today would be the day that we were to travel to Hanyang University. This trip was intriguing…

5/6/2019- Seoul, Where Old School Meets Cutting Edge

In short, today was an amazing journey through the most enriching cultural sites Seoul has to offer. I’ll get into this in more detail, but first, I’ll briefly go through last night’s events after we got settled into our hotel. YJ and Rob, our gracious guides, led us through the bustling city streets to a…

5/4/2019-5/5/2019- Are We There Yet?

Sitting. That pretty much sums up the “first” day of Plus3 Korea. On the bus, in the terminal, or on the plane: you name it.  All in all, from departing Pitt to arriving at our hotel in Seoul, I count about 24 hours of travel, and about 22 of those were spent sitting down. Nevertheless,…

From Seoul to Busan: Korean Adventures with John

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog. On this page, I’ll be documenting two weeks of exciting adventures in the vibrant nation of South Korea. I’ll talk more about that in a minute, but first, I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is John Kerris, and I am a first-year student in Pitt’s College of Business…

Meet Plus3 Korea 2019!

Welcome to the Korea Plus3 Study Abroad Program! While exploring various cities within South Korea, students will be exposed to the innovative technology scene and develop an understanding of how that influences culture. Participants will experience two weeks filled with exploration and opportunities for growth. Students will spend time at various companies and develop an…