Hello! My name is Rosemarijn Saleh, but I go by Rosa. I am so lucky to get to say I will be studying abroad for a month in Paris, France, this summer. I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania called Merion Station. I know lots of people say they are from “outside of Philly” but I really am, quite literally, only a few minutes away. In addition to being a CBA student, I am a member of the Fashion Business Association, I dance with the Pitt Ballet Club, and I play for Pitt’s Women’s Club Ice hockey team as a defenseman.
I have just completed my fourth year, here at Pitt, with plans to graduate this upcoming December. I came into Pitt undeclared, with plans to pursue a major in the sciences. However, my sophomore year I decided I wanted to switch to Pitt Business. So my junior year I began as a transfer student in the business school, where I am now pursuing a marketing major and international business certificate with a French minor.
The program I will be participating in is the Pitt program “Literature and Writing in Paris.” During the four weeks, I will be taking two courses learning about Paris’s influence on literature and writing. I will also be exploring all the city has to offer and understanding firsthand this famous muse to so many writers. I am excited to experience places like Versailles for the first time, and possibly even more excited for the food! I mean, cheese and pastries, does it get much better than that?!
While the program is vital academically as it will help complete my international business certificate, it may have even larger impact on other aspects of my life. On a more personal note, I hope living in Paris and being immersed in another country will improve my French fluency, both in the understanding and speaking of the language, and in the culture. The benefits of this understanding could go further than just personal satisfaction and curiosity, also helping me professionally as globalization has become so prominent in business this day and age.
Professionally, I do not plan on using my marketing degree in the traditional sense. Rather, I hope to work in retail as an apparel buyer for a major fashion brand. I fell in love with this position and industry after shadowing a buyer. I saw first hand the fusion of logic and analysis with creativity necessary to thrive in this position. Adding in the extremely fast pace of the industry, I knew this was a world I needed to be a part of. Ultimately, my dream is to work in the New York City fashion industry for several years, and then transferring to Paris to work there. This program will give me a taste of what fulfilling that dream would be like!
I am so very excited to have this experience and I cannot wait to see what is in store. I look forward to sharing an update very soon!