A Final Word – Ni Howdy!!

This trip has been the experience of a lifetime and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity to travel across the world and explore everything that China has to offer. Starting in Beijing and learning about the history of this country while experiencing the capital of the largest city in the world…

Final Blog Post: Goodbye Ireland

Sadly, our trip to Ireland has come to an end and I am currently typing this from my kitchen table in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. When looking back at the past few weeks, I know I will always remember this trip and be able to look back on it my whole life. I’m thankful that I had…

Day 12 – Yu Garden and Final Presentation

Wow! Today was our last day in China, it’s a very bitter sweet feeling. I’m so thankful for everything I’ve experienced on this trip and the connections that I’ve made but I’m also very excited to go home and see my family.  To start off the day today we visited the Yu Garden. This garden…

Day 12: Back to Milan

Day 12 saw us say goodbye to Verona. This was a bit sad because Verona was such a cool city that I enjoyed staying in. Hopefully I can return sometime in the future to the wonderful city. The first business shadow of the day was at Grupo Sinergia, a logistics company outside of Verona handles…

Day 11: Verona’s Value

Day 11 was short but fun. In the morning we visited the Verona Consortium, our only shadow of the day. This business shadow was my favorite of the entire program so far, because of how in depth we learned about the Verona Consortium, and the clarity with which we were able to see its main…

Would you Invest in Ireland?

I can’t believe our trip to Dublin, Ireland is almost over and we’ll be heading to the airport tomorrow morning. Yesterday after presenting our final group projects, we had Raymond Bowe give a guest lecture to our class. Raymond Bowe has been working for Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for 30 years and told us all…

Day 10: Touring the Historic City of Venice

Today we saw the wonderful city of Venice! Venice is a city I have long heard of and seen in movies and video games alike. Obviously, it is very unique because it is built all on water. Immediately upon arrival to the city I was blown away by the views (and the wind too). We…

Day 9: New Design Academy and More

Day 9 first saw us travel to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Driving to the academy we again got a grand view of the Swiss alps. It seems like the whole time we have traveled around Italy the Alps have continued to follow us, displaying the true grandeur of such an iconic mountain…

Il Gran Finale

Ciao amici! Today was our last day of site visits, and we finished off with trips to Grupo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and Mario Faroni’s Knitwear Factory. Grupo Sinergia is an e-commerce company that is contracted by other businesses to provide logistics, packaging, and a medium for online retail, thus acting as a service provider in…

Day 11- Yangshan Port and Lingang

Today we had a really early start to the day, we had to leave early in order to get to the port in time! During the two-hour bus ride to the Yangshan Port we got the opportunity to listen to a Pitt alumnus speak about her experience since coming to Shanghai to live. She studied…

Day 10 – AmCham and Horiba Company Visits

Today was our second full day of company visits, first for Shanghai! I was really excited to get a first-hand look at some companies that are successful in such a prosperous and expansive city. First we visited AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce. This company is known to be the “voice of American business” in…

Day 9 – East China University of Science and Technology

Our first day in Shanghai! I absolutely love this city. It’s very modern and full of culture, similar to New York city, it feels very familiar. There are shopping malls and restaurants everywhere! It’s amazing. Last night, after we arrived in Shanghai, we went on a cruise tour on the Huangpu River, this was definitely…

Il Giorno Undici: Ritorno del Consorzio

Buongiorno tutti.! Il nostro giorno a Verona started with a hearty breakfast of croissants, mozzarella e pomodori, and several glasses of succo di arancia. After breakfast, we walked from our hotel to our first and last scheduled activity of the day, a visit to the Fashion Consortium of Verona. At the Consorzio della Moda, we…

I Cannoli e I Canali

Ciao tutti! Oggi, siamo andati a Venezio per una giornata perfetta! We started our journey with a train ride from Verona to Venice, which was actually my first time on a train. Being on a train reminded me of the rides on the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter series, except that in our case…

Day-trippers in Venice!!

For me, today was the most anticipated day of the trip. I have dreamt of seeing the city of Venice, Italy from a very young age and today was the day that my dream came to life. We boarded a train around nine and arrived in Venice around 10:30. Immediately upon exiting the train station,…

“Imposter Syndrome”

On our site visit today with Workday. It is an ERP system for finance, human resources, and planning. We heard one of the workers mention imposter syndrome, which we also heard one of the workers at Google mention. The imposter syndrome is a psychological term referring to a pattern of behavior where people doubt themselves…

The Docklands

Today was a very action packed day in Dublin. We had breakfast at chorus cafe, walked over to Trinity College, met with Dr. Darren Kelly, a college professor, and then ended with a site visit to the Google European Headquarters. Something that stood out to me was the things Dr. Kelly had said. He shared…

Il Giorno Nove: Stile e Design

Buongiorno di nuovo! Today was another fantastic day, and it all began with una colazione deliziosa that had scrumptious croissants, savory biscotti, and espresso eccellente! Breakfast was then followed up by a bus ride to La Nuova Academia del Design, abbreviated as NAD, which is a school specializing in fashion, interior, and visual design. At…

Second Day in Verona!

Our first day of visits in Verona began with a lecture from faculty at Verona’s new Academy of Design. The passionate speakers each explained the process of obtaining a degree and what can be done with one. The school offers programs focused on either architectural design, visual design, or fashion design. I was particularly interested…

Day 7- Terra Cotta Warriors and City Wall Biking

Our last day in Xi’an! I’m bummed to leave this city tomorrow but I’m so excited to see Shanghai.  Today we had an early start to our day so we could get to the Terra Cotta Warriors before it got too crowded. Even with our early arrival it was still super crowded, the people were…