My name is Nicholas Cassidy, a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Business Information Systems in the College of Business. I am incredibly excited to be taking part in a Pitt Business Exchange to Austria at the Vienna University of Economics & Business. I am from Bucks County PA in a small town called New Hope. I went to a small high school with no more than 130 students in my graduating class. While in high school, I was fortunate enough to travel with my Chamber Choir throughout Europe. We left the day after Thanksgiving of my Junior year and I wish I knew at the time how much it would change my life. I was able to travel through southern Germany, small parts of Austria, and even to London and Paris. It can be hard to describe, but something about the culture and vibrant lifestyle of those places had a way of getting stuck in my head and never leaving. Now, four years later, I have never felt more ready to go back. I have always had my eyes set on the German speaking world and after a lot of decision making, I am extremely confident that my time in Vienna will be absolutely amazing.
As a German minor, I believe this journey will be extremely important for my academic development and will be filled with memorable experiences. One of the things I love most about what this particular program has to offer is the ability to take business courses relevant to both my major and minor. The university has so much to offer me as a Pitt Business student since all the courses are related to the business world. I definitely hope to gain a more global mindset in my classes while abroad and the ability to meet and live with other international students will be extremely valuable to me. Vienna University of Economics and Business has an extraordinarily modern campus with great academic resources. I think that this perfectly compliments the city of Vienna as a whole. Vienna is filled with a history of famous thinkers and ideas from Einstein to Freud and is home to some of the best coffee in the world. Living in a large historically rich city in central Europe was a major priority of mine when I was picking a program and Vienna ticks all the boxes.
With only a little over a month left before the start of my journey, I can’t help but wonder what this experience will be like. I hope to improve my German skills, create a foundation for a global mindset, and come back home with some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Whatever these answers are, I truly believe this study abroad will change my life for the better in many more ways than one.