Ready for the Land Down Under

Hello!  My name is William Feinour and I will be studying abroad in Sydney, Australia this summer.  I am currently a rising Junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in accounting and Finance, with a minor in Economics.  I plan to graduate from the university within the next two years and then go onto grad school.  My goal is to graduate with my masters in accounting and become a CPA.  Ideally, I would like to be working for one of the big four or any one of the public accounting firms.  When I’m not doing school work or working on my career, I enjoy watching sports of any kind.  I’m a huge football and soccer fan.  I love cheering on the Eagles (Go Birds!) as well as Liverpool FC.  In addition, I know rugby is big in Australia.  I feel like it would be fun to see a match, and I hope that I get the chance to attend one while I am there.

The program that I have chosen is the GBI Sydney.  I chose this program because of the location and the classes that it offered.  Through this program, I will be taking two classes.  One of the classes I will be taking is Operations Management, with none other than Pitt’s very own, Professor Hegde.  In this class we will be learning about the logistics of supply chains.  Some of the topics we will be covering include, how bottlenecks effect production as well as analyzing a manufacturers capacity.

Besides Operations, I will also be taking an elective, Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Sydney.  This class will be my guide to Sydney, as we learn about the history and culture of the city, from the colonial days to the modern metropolis it is today.  Taking these classes while I’m abroad will allow me to take more accounting classes during the year, which will better prepare me for the CPA exam.  In addition to that, this program will help me develop my communication skills and become a more independent young adult.

This trip will be a great learning experience for me and a wonderful opportunity for personal growth.  I do not know anyone going on this trip with me.  This will force me to branch out and meet new people.  It will help me develop new connections and engage in different experiences that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to have.  Overall, I am nervous, but more so, I am extremely excited.  I cannot wait to start and I am happy that I will be able to share every step of my adventure with you.  Thank you for helping me make this dream a reality.

Best,

William Feinour

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