My name is Samantha Spiesman and I’m so excited to be sharing my time in Sydney with you! I’m currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and I’m originally from Long Island, New York. At Pitt, I’m pursuing a major in Marketing, a certificate in Digital Media, and a minor in Studio Arts. In Sydney, I’ll be taking International Marketing, Intercultural Communications, and Australian Cinema. Aside from this, I will also be completing an internship during my time abroad. I’m looking forward to gaining global business experience and learning more about the way business works in Australia.
I’m most excited to be able to travel around Australia (Melbourne, Cairns, Canberra, etc.) and countries relatively close (New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia) . During my time abroad, I hope to really immerse myself in everything Sydney has to offer. I chose GBI Sydney because I’ve already traveled around Europe, and while I loved that experience, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to study, work, and live in a country across the world for 3+ months. As Sydney is a marketing hub, I hope to explore the many opportunities it has to offer, and guide me closer to choosing an area in marketing that I would like to work in, post graduation.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be enjoying winter in New York, spending time with family and friends, and preparing for my Australian journey!