Going abroad was one of, if not the best, experience of my life. It was challenging yet rewarding. It was terrifying yet exciting. I have grown so much as a person and learned a lot about myself through the program. I was able to meet people I never would have before, and seen things that I had wanted to all my life. It was an experience that I will carry with my everywhere, and it will inherently influence how I tackle future problems. My friends from this trip will always share something with me than no one else will, and hopefully I can share something with everyone just from my own experience.
Since being abroad for just about 15 weeks, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that I have a tendency to become impatient with people. Whether it was with my roommates or someone walking incredibly slow on the way to the tube, I would get very frustrated if things weren’t done in the matter I wished them to be. From this, I forced myself to take some deep breathes and realize that not everyone is on the save wavelength and that is okay. It was a good lesson to learn. I also learned that I thoroughly enjoy going out and learning something new each day. I grabbed the Evening Standard each night before heading home on the tube and set up news alerts to my phone so I was always learning things that were going on in the world. My flat mate and I both got tattoos while abroad and mine was the title of this blog, “Ancora Imparo”. Michelangelo said it at the ripe age of 87 meaning, “Yet, I am still learning.” It was so important to be to continually be learning even when I wasn’t in the classroom. I learned that knowledge to me is such a valuable thing in life. Finally, I learned that if I really want to go do something or go somewhere, all i have to do is make the decision to go. It is as simple as that. No one was there to hold me back from going to see new things and that traveling on your own is not some crazy feat.
Over the course of the semester I have grown a lot as a person and an academic. I was able to learn a lot about the cultures that exist within London, and other cities within the EU. Whether it was the Caribbean influences in Brixton, or the Bangladeshis on Brick Lane, there was always an opportunity to learn about cultures within the super-diverse city of London. Also, I said before I was able to pick up the Evening Standard each day and keep up to date with current events. In class each class was concerned with the current status of Brexit and the impacts it will have on the country and the UK as a whole. I was able to grow as an academic through my general knowledge of operations within the UK and how people communicate and dictate their lives. It was all very enlightening.
I hope to take what I learned from my experience abroad back to Pitt Business. I believe I learned a lot in my international finance and international economics classes that would apply greatly towards my future courses in my major. It also helped being within the city of London learning about how another financial center, possibly the biggest one in the world functions. Additionally, being able to see buildings that I have studies in my architectural design course really rounds out my understanding of the material. Finally, I plan to urge every student that has the opportunity to go abroad to do so. It was an amazing experience that could hardly be replaced by anything else.