London Calling

Hello! My name is Juliana Ritrievi, and I am studying abroad in London, England this summer. I am originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and usually spend my summers working and vacationing with my family at the Jersey shore. I transferred to Pitt after my freshman year at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and can definitely say it was an amazing decision! In my free time, I enjoy reading and watching Netflix. Currently, I am reading Principles by Ray Diallo and A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. My favorite Netflix shows are The House of Cards and Grey’s Anatomy.

At PittBusiness, I am a rising junior majoring in finance and accounting with a certificate in business analytics and a minor in economics. That is definitely a mouthful, but also is great because Pitt allows me to study all my various business interests and still graduate in 4 years. It has been my goal since I was little to work as a Wall Street investment banker, and I have been working towards this goal throughout college. Specifically, what I am interested in is working in a product group that specializes in mergers and acquisitions. After I get back from London, I am doing an internship as a summer analyst for Select Medical in their strategic investments department. This will help me learn more about the healthcare market and see the buy side of M&A.

I have always been a person who likes to be involved and stay busy, and have joined various student organizations during my time at Pitt. Last semester, I was the Vice President of Fundraising for the professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. I also was accepted as an analyst for the Socially Responsible Investment Portfolio and learned more about investments through the PittBusiness Investments Industry Professionals Network. Outside of the business school, I rushed Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and am also an undergraduate mentor for Strong Women, Strong Girls.

The program I am going on the Global Business Institute Summer 1 program. I was specifically interested in London because of it’s large financial district and historical landmarks. While I am there I will be taking an urban studies class and completing an internship. I believe that global commerce is extremely important, and chose to do an internship in London to develop skills necessary to succeed in international business. Pitt really stressed the transferable skills you gain from an internship abroad, and I think that those skills will help me advance professionally, academically and personally. The class I am taking is Urban Studies, and will allow me to learn more about the English culture and visit the various landmarks.

Outside of work and academics, I hope to travel to other cities and master commuting by the London tubes. I also am looking forward to all the tea I will be drinking and want to try an authentic English meal. Although study abroad will initially put me out of my comfort zone, I am up for the challenge and excited to embark on this adventure.

 

From the classroom, to the city, to the world!

 

Thank you,

 

Juliana Ritrievi

 

 

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