Awaiting my Departure to Sydney

Hi everyone! Welcome to my blog.


Let me introduce myself.

My name is Cassie, and I’m 20 years old. I’m currently in my junior year at the University of Pittsburgh, and I’m studying Finance. I’m planning to graduate in December of 2018, and with only two semesters left, I was fortunate enough to be able to turn one into a semester abroad. So here we are!

After my senior year of high school, I went on an exchange program to Germany. I had always done well in the classroom, but when it came to really understanding the language and culture, nothing compared to the experience I had while abroad. That program greatly influenced my decision to go abroad once more. I believe that studying in another country will broaden my knowledge of business and will greatly complement the education I’ve received here in Pittsburgh.

At Pitt, I am involved with an organization called Beta Alpha Psi, and I’m proud to be a tutor for finance and accounting classes as part of my involvement. Also on campus, I am a research assistant at the Katz Behavioral Lab. Academia is a career path that I am interested in pursuing one day, and working in the lab has allowed me to gain some experience.

This past summer I interned with Lutron Electronics. I worked closely with the Accounts Payable and IT departments to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the recurring invoice process. I’m excited to return for the summer of 2018 as a Finance co-op.

Why Australia?

Aside from studying German in high school, I really have no experience or even familiarity with other languages, and since the added stress of a language barrier wasn’t something I was too interested in, I was able to narrow down my options.

I’m really interested in hiking, exploring, and photography, so the second I considered a country that was home to both rainforests and deserts, as well as countless beautiful beaches, I knew I’d happily spend 4 months there. Besides, the flight to Australia is something I’m not sure I’ll have the time or will for when I’m older.

GBI Sydney

The program I chose allows me to pursue my major and also complete some general education requirements. I’m excited to incorporate International Finance into a semester full of courses specific to Australian history and culture. I’m also eager to start work at my part time internship.

I’ll be working with Atma – Immersive Journeys, a non-profit that organizes small group tours through India to raise funds to give bicycles to girls in rural parts of India. Since this organization is quite small and mostly volunteer run, I will be working independently on many of my assignments. This will provide me with a great opportunity to work on my time management skills as I balance work and play in Sydney.

What I’m Excited For

While I’m really looking forward to the experiences I’ll have in the classroom, I know many of the most memorable moments will take place outside of it. Australia is a beautiful country and Sydney is an exciting city. I can’t wait to explore and experience as much as I can.

That’s all for now! Next time I post, I’ll be writing from the land down under!