Next Stop, London!

Hey there! My name is Maddie MacStudy, and I am from Oceanport, New Jersey. I am a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Finance and Accounting, while also pursuing a minor in Economics and a certificate in International Business. As I wrap up my sophomore year and leave Pittsburgh for the summer, it’s hard to believe that high school graduation and college graduation are now equidistant. However, I have enjoyed every minute along the way and look forward to the rest of my time at Pitt.

At Pitt, I am a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, which is the oldest and largest professional business fraternity. This has been a great experience for me, as I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people who are all doing great things in the Pitt community and in the business world. I have also served as the accounting chair for Colleges Against Cancer for the past two years. Both of these on-campus involvements have played huge parts in my college experience, as I’ve met wonderful people and participated in events of which I would not have otherwise known.

In just under two weeks, I’ll be heading to London to study abroad for six weeks. While there, I will be taking a Shakespeare class because I figured what better way to study Shakespeare than in London! In addition to that class, I will be holding a part-time internship at CLIC-Sargent, which is a non-profit that provides in-hospital and at-home support to families with children fighting cancer. I am extremely excited to be interning at a place that combines healthcare with business and economics, as this is the career path that I would like to further pursue in just a few short years upon graduation.

I have only been abroad once before, and that was my study abroad trip to China last May. I had such a great experience with that two-week program that I decided I had to go abroad again. One of the reasons that I chose London was because of its close proximity to other countries, which would allow me to do some further exploring. For example, I plan to visit Madrid, Spain after the end date of the London program, while also doing some weekend trips around Europe. There is no better way to learn about the world, people, and even yourself than by being in a whole new country and being out of your comfort zone. That being said, I am so excited to take on the challenges that come with studying abroad because with them comes great friendships, skills, and memories.

Another reason I have chosen London is due to the fact that it is a financial hub. I hope to have a career in the future that allows to me to travel to other countries for work, and having international experience would only aid in reaching that goal. The hustle and bustle of a major city like London is slightly intimidating at first, but it’s that very energy that I want around me as a student and young businesswoman.

Thanks for reading my first London blog post, and be sure to check in for updates once I am abroad!