Presentations: A Necessary Evil

Though I have made improvements over the course of my college career, public speaking and giving presentations has always been extremely difficult for me. I am a naturally reserved person, so when I have to speak in front of a group of people I always get very nervous, even if I am comfortable around the…

That’s a Wrap

After spending two weeks in Ireland, there are many valuable lessons and takeaways that I gained from the trip, both personally and professionally. Ireland was different than I expected it to be in some aspects, but in others it far surpassed my expectations. Most notably, the country’s commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness really stood…

Future of Dublin

In three years from now, my prediction is that Dublin will have continued to grow and expand. With such a large influx of tech companies and multinationals, the city will have to develop its infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of people living in Dublin. I predict that there will be more apartment buildings and…

Irish I Could Stay

When it comes to tourism, Ireland is a go-to spot. With its lush green lands and rich history and culture, Ireland attracts millions of visitors every year from all over the world. Whether it’s visiting the Cliffs of Moher, touring the Guinness Storehouse, or enjoying traditional Irish food at local pubs, there is something here…

Food Cloud/ Enterprise Ireland Recap

Today the group toured two very different Irish organizations, Food Cloud and Enterprise Ireland. Though I enjoyed both, Food Cloud was particularly interesting to me (partially due to the fact that I am a foodie). When we arrived to Food Cloud in the morning, we met with John Pakenham, the business development manager. He sat…

Who Run the World? Amazon.

Prior to our visit to the Amazon location in Dublin, I was not aware that there were separate departments of the organization aside from their retail operations. Today our group met with some team members of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which was both interesting and eye-opening. During our visit, we discussed the technology of Alexa,…

Moher of This

With clear, sunny skies and a relatively low amount of wind, today was the perfect day to visit Ireland’s famous Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Northwest coast of the country, the cliffs are one of the most popular tourist sites in the world. However, many people are not as fortunate weather-wise as our group…

Ireland, Inc.

Today, the group visited Bord Bia, an Irish business that it is funded by both the Irish government and the private sector. Bord Bia is a highly unique organization that does a multitude of different work, including working with Irish food and beverage startups to develop their brand, developing supply chain relationships, and monitoring sustainability…

Leveraging Strengths

When thinking about strengths in a business setting, we often do not consider how these traits translate to our everyday behavior. I am a very type A person, so I tend to showcase many of the same traits in my everyday interactions as I would in a business environment. My top 5 strengths finder themes…

Who Am I? Identity: Lost, But Not Forgotten

After spending four days in Ireland, it is apparent that the people here take great pride in their heritage and have a clear sense of what constitutes the Irish identity. Whether enjoying a game of Gaelic football at Croke Park, or a pint of Guinness, Irish folks have a strong sense of unity that is…

Whiskey Distilled, Values Instilled

Today was one for the books. Our group received a tour of Pearse Lyons whiskey distillery, had a walking tour of the technology district, and a site visit to Google’s European headquarters. Though I enjoyed each of these unique experiences, the one that stood out to me the most was the tour of the whiskey…

Comfort is Not the Name of the Game

Today, our group was fortunate enough to tour part of Dublin with Dr. Sylvie Kleinman. On our tour, Sylvie shared with us that the people of Ireland are sometimes ashamed and/or uncomfortable talking about Irish history. Likewise in the United States, there are certain topics that myself and my peers may feel uncomfortable commenting on….

T3 Ireland: Day One

Though exhausted from a long day of travel, once I arrived to Dublin and started walking around the city I was rejuvenated by its energy and beauty. The cobblestone roads and alleyways look just how I pictured they would, and red-haired individuals were bountiful. When walking around the city, I was surprised to see signs…

Feelin’ Lucky! Plus3 Ireland Intro

Hello! My name is Randi Purser and I’m a junior marketing major. This year is my first at Pitt—I transferred from Elon University located in NC after my sophomore year. I am currently a public relations intern at an agency in downtown Pittsburgh called Push 7, and I hope to stay in the area this…

Meet Plus3 Transfer Ireland 2018!

Welcome to the Ireland Plus3 Transfer Study Abroad Program! During their two week program in Dublin, Ireland, students will explore globalization through the Technology and Innovation industries. Plus3 Transfer participants will have the chance to be immersed in Irish culture during the trip. The main academic portion of the Plus3 Transfer program features visits to…