Reflection

I would like to thank the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for providing me with the funds necessary to make this study abroad trip possible.  Without this assistance, it may not have been possible for me to take part in an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. During my time…

Italy Scholarship Reflection

I would like to express how thankful I am to have received the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship. I have always wanted to study abroad but cost was a big concern for me and my family. With the help of this scholarship, I was able to go on the trip without the financial worry that I…

Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship Reflection

Firstly, I would like to thank the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for providing me with a scholarship that helped me study abroad this summer. My appreciation is very strong, and I could not be more thankful that I had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy this summer. This scholarship reduced the financial burden that…

Plus3 Italy: Final Reflection

I can hardly believe that nearly two weeks have passed since the Plus3 trip to Italy. I can easily recall all the preparation that went into this program, from applications to presentations and packing. Now that I have had time to reflect (and bother all of my family and friends with hundreds of photos from…

Final Reflection

Studying abroad in Milan, Italy through the Plus3 Program was one of the most amazing experiences. I will always be beyond grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this program especially with the help of the scholarship in which I received. Without a scholarship, it would have been difficult for me to afford…

Italy Reflection

I have recently returned from Italy from the Pitt Plus3 program. I gained amazing experience and knowledge over my stay in the gorgeous country, and I could not feel more grateful to have been chosen for this program. The scholarship given to me by Pitt sourced from the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship was so supportive…

Day 1 – Orientation/Exhaustion

My first impression of Milan was that it looked like any small American city in many ways. The main difference that I noticed first was the constant presence of scooters and bikes, which are not as common in the US. As we were told before we arrived, Italians also dress notably better than Americans on…

Day 11 – Bottega Velasca

This morning was our second fashion walking tour of Milan. This time our tour focused on a company visit to Excelsior, a high-end department store that sells luxury fashion and lifestyle products. Our day was dominated, however, by a lecture given by a digital marketer for Bottega Velasca, a high-quality but average price shoemaker based…

Signing Off

Sadly, I am now back in the States and have left Italy behind, for now at least.  Before ending my blogging career, I would like to end on a summary of my study abroad experience in Italy regarding the fashion supply chain. First, the greatest challenge that I faced while in Italy was definitely the…

The Last Day

Since there is no internet and I haven’t been able to upload anything until now I am going to just write this from the perspective of now, which is three days (+/-) later, and append some stuff that happened between then and now at the end of this post. On the last day we went…

17 May 2018 – the eleventh hour

Today we had another walking tour of Milan, this time to Excelsior, a luxury brand department store in the city center.  The tour led us through the four different levels of the building, which sold lifestyle products on the ground floor and clothes on the other floors. There were a lot of flashy products that…

Last day

Today was our last full day in Milan. We went to the Milan fashion library where designers go to get inspiration. They have a wide variety of magazines to look at. The tour guide also told us that students from the nearby university come by to learn about fashion. We then went to the farewell…

Second to last day

Today in Milan we went on a walking tour of a part of the city we had not seen yet. We learned more about the impact fashion has on the city. We got to tour a store that was doing very well in Milan. It had five floors. The first floor was all technology, the…

Hello Milan

Today we went on a few site visits. First we visited a logistics center for the place we visited yesterday. There they gave us a presentation on the logistics of the company. We learned about their factory and how they get the products from production to end consumer. They stressed the organization of their warehouse…

Final Day

Today was our final day as a group in Italy. It was sad in the sense that the trip has been an amazing experience and I’ve made great friends amongst the group. However, it was also happy and cheerful as we discussed our favorite parts of the trip. We also had a wonderful site visit…

Montenapoleone

Today we went on a walking tour of via Montenapoleone, the Excelsior department store, and the surrounding fashion-centric area, had a group lunch, and attended a presentation by Bottega Velasca. Montenapoleone is a famous shopping street in Milan and is home to the flagship stores of many important Italian and international brands. Some of the…

Arrivederci

Plus 3 has officially come to an end as today was sadly our last day. Despite the sadness of the final day, it was still great! We started bright and early at 9;45 and headed to the Milan Fashion Library. Believe me when I tell you that this place is incredible. Shelves on top of…

The Last Supper

Today was our last day here in Italy.  I’m sad to go, but it was a great day to end on.  We started by taking a tour of the Milan Fashion Library.  It was very interesting, and something that I didn’t really expect.  The library was essentially just an archive of fashion magazines that date…

Last Night in Italia

Today was our last day in Italy but it still doesn’t feel real. This morning we took the Milan metro for the last time as a huge group of 28 people to go explore the fashion library of Milan. This library holds over 70,000 books that are related to fashion, but books being everything that…