Oh Vietnam, how I’ll miss you

Traveling to Vietnam was an incredible experience for me. I made so many new friends, I pushed myself to try new things, and I learned about a beautiful country and its history and culture. I’m tremendously grateful for this experience and everyone I got to experience it with. Throughout my time abroad, I gained a…

Final Thoughts

In reflecting upon my experience in Vietnam, I have come to recognize my most valued takeaways from the experience. The first of these is a new insight into professionalism and what it means to take part in the global economy. Our visits to the companies provided a new experience for me as I was able…

Forever in My Heart

Well I’ve thought for some time now about how I can put my experience in Vietnam into words. I’ve scrolled through the hundreds of pictures I took and reminisced about all the memories I made, but I never felt as if those still photos were able to fully convey the feelings felt, the depth of…

Goodbye for Now, Vietnam

Almost a month after leaving Vietnam, I still believe that our two-week journey was one that I will never forget. Despite being bedridden and ill for a week afterwards, there is almost nothing I would change about the trip. I am so thankful and happy that I had the opportunity to have such an amazing…

Tạm Biệt, Vietnam

My family and friends have been asking me to summarize the experience since I’ve been home, and now that I’ve been asked to for this post – which will be graded – its that much harder. There’s no way to describe the trip that will do it justice. And, trying to summarize it makes me…

Final Blog post – transferable skills

This trip, hands down, is going to be the highlight of my year. I can honestly say this has been one of the most rewarding trips that I have ever been on. I think this has to be due to the fact that this was the first trip abroad on which my parents haven’t come….

Thanks to Vietnam

Plus3 Vietnam exceeded all my expectations. Since we had an itinerary, I relatively knew what we would be doing each day and it got me excited pre-departure. However, nothing could prepare me for being in the moment, in Vietnam, and visiting companies and sites that were so fascinating and spectacular. Our time spent at UEF…

Anddd We’re Back

One month later and I still miss Vietnam and the friends I’ve made. This experience was beyond amazing, and I am so lucky and grateful to have been apart of it. I told my Vietnamese friends that I would see them again someday and I sincerely meant it because they were the highlight of the…

Final Post: Can we go back now?

The two weeks spent in Vietnam were definitely two of the best weeks of my life. I met amazing people, had amazing food, and saw amazing sights, so, you could say the trip was in a word, amazing. As I have gotten home, and more people have been asking me how it was, I find…

Final Reflection

As I entered the University of Pittsburgh as a freshman student I was overwhelmed by the endless opportunities that were available to students. I knew that I wanted to make my college experience the best that it could possibly be, but I was unsure of how to make this happen. Through Pitt Business I found…

Two Weeks Have Never (Sai)Gone by so Fast

Being back at home has made the Vietnam experience feel like a distant dream even though it’s only been a few days. But every time I look at my wrist and see the handcrafted bracelets it reminds me how very real it was. Further than that, the great change it’s made on me has already…

Sad to Be (Sai)Gone

Wow! I never though two weeks could go by so fast. I’m so thankful I was able to experience such an eye-opening, rewarding trip. As I reflect on my time in Vietnam, I realize that I’ve gained a new perspective, many new friends, and several transferable skills. Since this was my first time traveling to…

A Hard Goodbye? More like a “See You Later”

Leaving Vietnam was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. When people say they fall in love with countries, I always sloughed them off, believing it to be only a temporary thing stemmed from the excitement in traveling. Man, was I wrong. I can tell you this, I fell in love with Vietnam….

Final Blog Post

The Plus3 Vietnam program was a truly amazing time. Going into the program I hoped to broaden my view of the world and learn about a culture that was completely foreign to me. I was not sure if I would like it or not, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn,…

Goodbye Vietnam

Unfortunately, our amazing trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam has come to an end. It was an amazing two weeks, and I learned a lot over the time spent there. Had I not received the Plus3 Study Abroad Scholarship from the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarships, I am not sure I would have been…

Day 11: The Mekong

Today we visited the Mekong Delta, the end of the mighty Mekong River, the region of crisscrossing streams that make up the rice basket of Southeast Asia. After a two hour bus ride we hopped onto a boat floating on the choppy tan water. Out first stop was to a small establishment where we were…

Good(bye) Vietnam

As I write this final blog post back at home instead of in the blazing Vietnamese heat, I have time to reflect on how amazing this trip was. Two weeks have never gone by so fast, it feels like just yesterday all the students in our group were getting to know each other in a…

Day 11-5/17/2018-Mekong Delta

Today’s trip on the Mekong Delta was on of my favorite of the trip. After a two hour bus ride we got on a boat which took us to an island where we ate fruit and listened to traditional Vietnamese music. I got to try a fruit called jackfruit which was cool for me to…

Already Missing It

It’s surreal to me that 2 entire weeks have already passed. Sitting on the plane home alone right now is crazy because I feel like I was just on the plane to Vietnam 3 days ago. Looking back on the trip, I am so incredibly lucky to have gone through this amazing experience. Throughout the…

Lasting Effects

Today, May 20th 2018, I am at home writing my last blog post about the Vietnam study abroad trip. After putting in some time and thought about the trip overall, I have realized that I have developed many different transferable skills. My time management skills have improved, my work ethic has increased, and my ability…