Plus 3 Italy Scholarship Blog

Ciao!! I am so excited for my study abroad trip to Italy. I can’t wait to begin studying the supply chain through fashion industries in Italy. From the classes and lessons that we have taken so far for our pre-trip meeting, I am looking forward to what this trip has in store and how the…

Costa Rica Reflection

I thoroughly enjoyed every second of my time in Costa Rica. Pitt Business’ Plus3 program is an incredible way for their students to experience the world while learning things that will transfer over to their domestic studies. While abroad, we focused on supply chain management, specifically, how coffee makes its journey from, for example, a…

Scholarship Reflection!

I received the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship in order to help me go on this study abroad to China. I am extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity to go and I couldn’t have done it without this scholarship. I was able to explore different facets of the business industry and see it on a…

Looking Back on My Costa Rica Adventure

My study abroad program was two weeks in Costa Rica studying the supply chain of the coffee industry. It was so much fun but also it was exhausting and came with lots of challenges. I only had some Spanish vocabulary background from high school, but basically no experience speaking the language. So it was very…

Reflection Part II: The Pura Vida Effect

Upon arriving in country, we sat down with our host mom to sign a contract stating that we’d be respectful of the house, follow basic rules, etc. All was going smoothly until we reached the last bullet point.                 -Student must speak/communicate in Spanish and only Spanish. My…

Reflection Part I: American Girl in Tico Culture

In 11th grade, I took a writing course that focused on the power of storytelling. One of my classmates shared a story with the class about her experience travelling back to her family’s roots in India. She spoke of how excited she originally was to meet her people, however, her dream didn’t go quite as…

Final Report

Ethical Issues in My Profession: One of the major themes of this trip was the use of big data. As a computer engineer, I will have to be careful in considering how I collect and share this data. If data is taken or distributed without the customer’s knowledge, it could erode trust in my profession,…

Day 12: Yu Garden

It’s unreal how the time flies. Today was our last full day in China, and it was bittersweet. We began our day by visiting the Yu Garden. I was particularly excited for this site because it is the one I studied for the pre-departure presentation. And, I was not disappointed, it was a beautiful place…

Day 11: TE Connectivity & Dupont

I woke up late today. We were supposed to be in lobby at 8:45 and I got out of bed at about 8:25, so it was a stressful morning. I quickly showered and threw on a business casual outfit, then raced downstairs to grab some bananas and yogurt. At 8:44, I met with group, and…

Day 10: Yangshan Port

Our day began with a trip to the Yangshan port. On the way there, our tour guide for the day, a business man in the freight-forwarding business, talked to us about his work in logistics and adjusting to life in China and Shanghai. He told us that he hadn’t much considered living in China, but…

Day 9: Donghua University

We visited Donghua University today, a college famous for its engineering, business, and fashion schools. When we arrived, we were treated to another lecture on the smartphone industry. This time we learned about the big three tech companies in China – Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent (collectively known as BAT). Baidu is essentially the Chinese Google;…

Day 8: Shanghai

Today marked out arrival in Shanghai. Again, we traveled at over 200 miles per hour by bullet train. This time though, I spent most of it catching up on sleep. However, in the last hour or so of the ride, I woke up, and Dr. Li shared some loose-leaf tea with me. I had never…

Day 7: Terracotta Army

With its incredible history, breath-taking scale, and intricate detail, the Terracotta Army has been my favorite site yet. There were 3 massive dig sites, enclosed in hangars, that told the history of the site. The first site contained mostly unearthed and fully reconstructed warriors, including foot soldiers, archers, generals, horses, and carriages. Each statue was…

Day 6: Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

What an eye-opening experience. Today, we visited the Xi’an Children’s Village. The Children’s Village is a 100% donation funded home for Chinese children whose parents are either in jail or otherwise currently not able to support their children. We were there to deliver Pitt’s donation, and to partake in several activities with the children. First,…

Day 5: Arrival in Xi’an

We woke up early this morning to catch an 8am bullet train to Xi’an. The train ride was actually pretty cool. The ride was unbelievably smooth for travelling at 200mph, and thus made a 1000-mile trip only 5 hours long. It made me wonder why there wasn’t something like this in the United States. We…

Day 4: Old Beijing

Between the company and university visits of the past two days, we have seen how Beijing has positioned itself for the future, but today we took a look at the rich history of the city and the origins of its culture and values. Starting with the famous Tienanmen Square and Forbidden City, we learned about the…

Day 3: Cheetah Mobile & Microsoft

Our day began with a visit to Cheetah Mobile, a Chinese app development and software company. I had never heard of Cheetah Mobile, so I wasn’t sure what to expect of them, but they ended up blowing me away. The global scope of their work, the modern facilities, and easy-going culture of the company made…

Day 2: Central University of Finance and Economics

Today we visited the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) to learn about the smartphone industry and interact with the local students. Our day started with a lecture from Professor Yao about the smartphone industry in China and the role smartphones play in people’s daily lives. In China, laptops and home computers are too…

Day 1: The Great Wall

Today was out first full day in China! After 14 hours in the air, we finally arrived in Beijing. The jet lag had gotten to me the night before, so I started today bright and early. Kieran and I had breakfast at the hotel, and it was surprisingly good. The spread consisted of both Chinese…

Pre-Departure Individual Report

My International experience to date is: Currently, my international experience is quite limited. My only international trip was a vacation to Toronto, Canada when I was 12 years old. But, nevertheless, I am quite optimistic and excited about going to China. I think that, because I’m going with a large group led by experienced travelers,…