Skills used Across the Globe

Transferable skills are skills that everyone possesses and needs to possess, to an extent, when going abroad. Just considering the simple differences of the ways of life in countries across the world, flexibility, active listening, and patience with communication are necessary skills. Looking back at the trip to Vietnam, language barriers were not a huge…

Making Friends in the Mekong

The coolest day of the trip finally came. The bus rolled out in the morning with the set destination of a river in the Mekong Delta, one of the two major deltas in Vietnam. These waterways are crucial for economic growth because of the mass finishing and farming done here as well as the ease…

Hẹn gặp lại

Last blog post. I’ve been putting this one off. Summing up the last two weeks? From stepping off the bus with a lei thrown around my neck to adjusting my ao dai as we took photos at the farewell dinner – I don’t think I have nearly enough words to mark my experiences. Luckily, I…

Can We Go Back?

               It hasn’t even been a week, but I’m already missing everything and everybody in Ho Chi Minh city. Plus3 was truly the opportunity of a lifetime; I couldn’t have asked for more. I was able to learn so much about both globalization/development in Vietnam and Vietnamese history and culture in a short amount of…

Feels like a Dream

It’s almost been about a week since I’ve been back at home. I’ve been reflecting on the whole trip and enjoying the good memories and friends that I made. It doesn’t even feel that long ago when I stepped off the bus and got a lei put around my neck at UEF. Now 3 weeks…

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The day began with a trip to the Cat Lai terminal, Vietnam’s largest commercial international port, where we visited the Saigon Newport Corporation, a military backed terminal operator, ranked 21st in the world according to themselves. We were met with gracious hosts who educated on the world of overseas shipping, logistics, and port operation. We…

Vietnam: Final Review

After two weeks in south Vietnam and a week to reflect on it, I’m sad to have left, but happy to have done it. Never would I have thought I would go to Vietnam to study the history and developing economy, let alone even go to Vietnam at all! I made many new friends, met…

Ok, So when Do We Go Back?

It is crazy to think that these past two weeks have given me hundreds of stories; some funny, some sad, and some more impactful than I could have ever imagined. On the two-hour car ride from the Dulles airport to Hershey, PA, I don’t think that there was ever a moment when I stopped talking….

This Can’t Be It, Can It?

As my time in Vietnam drew to a close, there was very little that I could articulate about the impact it had on me. First and foremost, I believe that entering Plus3 with as little amount of expectations as possible allowed me to get the most out of my two weeks, as every experience was…

Missing Ho Chi Minh City

After two weeks in Vietnam I’m happy to be home and readjusted to life in the US; however, I’m also sad that the trip had to come to an end. The crazy streets and food in Ho Chi Minh City, along with all of the UEF and Pitt students that I met, are just a…

Until Next Time, Vietnam

What started as simply a two-week study abroad, molded itself into a once in a lifetime experience showing and teaching me more than I ever could have expected. The most special part of this trip was working directly with a Vietnamese college, UEF, and interacting with people my age who grew up and live in…

Goodnight Vietnam

One word that sums up my experience: Really cool. All jokes aside, I am so happy I went on this trip. I am proud of the numerous times I left my comfort zone, whether eating fish eyes or sipping tea next to bees or climbing in a cramped tunnel. I will give examples of three…

It’s Over?

Am I happy to be home? Yes. Do I wish I was back in Vietnam exploring more of the country? Definitely. From the welcome ceremony to getting on the bus back to the airport to go home, UEF student and staff gave us the best experience in the country I could have asked for. The…

My Final Thoughts

Going to Vietnam for 2 weeks was something that made me extremely nervous going in. Before this trip started I had never been on a plane, left the country, or really gotten to know anyone else that was going on the trip with me. I don’t know if it was the culture or the activities…

The Trip of a Lifetime

            My past two weeks in Vietnam hold some of the most memorable experiences of my life. From meeting new friends to trying new foods, this trip has left me with a newfound outlook on myself as well as the world. Immersing myself in a completely different culture was definitely intimidating at first, however I…

That’s a Wrap, or is it a Spring Roll?

After finishing up the trip with final presentations, sports day, and a very long trip home, it’s finally hitting me that this experience is over. It was 2 weeks of learning about the business world both in and out of Vietnam, tech developments happening in the country, and Vietnamese culture and history. It was nothing…

Hẹn Gặp Lại, Vietnam!

The title translates to “See you again, Vietnam!” and I truly believe I will. Vietnam challenged me in ways I had I never encountered before and ultimately gave me a new appreciation for my life, especially air conditioning. If I were to explain everything I took away from this experience, this post would turn into…

Day 12: Now That We’ve Saigon :(

The past two weeks in Vietnam have honestly been incredible. From meeting countless new friends, both Vietnamese and American, to breathtaking sights and deliciously unique eats, there is so much to miss about the trip. Visiting several large companies gave us great insight into Vietnam’s economy and it’s role in the larger world economy, while…

Hẹn gặp lại Vietnam!

The past two weeks in Vietnam became the part of my life that I will never forget. Through this trip, I was able to make a lot of lifelong friends, both from Pitt and UEF, and experienced many things that I would never have otherwise. I was able to witness how a country goes through…

For the Better. Forever.

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same. Feels the same. Even smells the same. You realized what’s changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Truer words have never been spoken. I embarked on this journey to Vietnam with the intent of finding something, and that is exactly what I have…