London is Calling!

Hi all!

My name is Emma Francisco, and I am a junior-to-be at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in accounting with a certificate in data analytics. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and I came to Pitt because of its urban campus, great professional opportunities, and fun social atmosphere. I originally didn’t intend to major in anything related to business, but after a semester in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, I realized my desire in a career would be best suited to a career in business. Shortly thereafter, I quickly chose to pursue accounting as my primary major as I enjoyed taking the introductory accounting classes and interacting with all of the recruiters of the Big Four firms. Last summer, I interned at Deloitte’s Pittsburgh office as a Pioneer Intern, and I got to shadow professionals in the audit service line. Additionally, this past semester, I interned with Pricewaterhouse Coopers as a Wealth Management Tax Services Intern, and I got to help associates prepare tax returns for their clients. Because of these internships, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career at a Big Four firm in the audit service line after graduation, and I’ve been pursuing this career track ever since.

Outside of my school work, I’m involved in several other activities on Pitt’s campus. I was just appointed to serve as the Chair of Academic Affairs Committee for Student Government Board, but I’ve been working within the committee since my freshman year, creating new initiatives to better the academic life at Pitt. I am also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, which is the oldest business fraternity on Pitt’s campus. Being a member of AKPsi has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my college career, and I’ve learned to grow professionally and personally from my interactions with the brotherhood. Lastly, this past semester I pledged a sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and I will serve as its treasurer for the upcoming year. In my free time, I like to run, do yoga, binge-watch The Officeor New Girl on Netflix, and explore Pittsburgh with my friends.

This summer, I will be traveling to London to study abroad through the Global Business Institute: London Summer II program. I chose this particular program because I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe, and since London is one of the core financial centers of Europe, this program had the most opportunities for internships related to my major. Also, since being abroad is a major time commitment, this program also was the perfect length of time to travel abroad, and I won’t have to miss any events during the school year to pursue this opportunity. Throughout my six weeks in the program, I hope to accomplish several things professionally, academically, and personally. Professionally, I would like to learn more about what it is like to work abroad and see if I could pursue an international career after graduation, which would greatly expand my professional opportunities working for a Big Four firm. Academically, I would like to learn more about British culture and the way it has impacted American society today. Since I will be taking a Shakespeare class in London, I will get to look at Shakespeare’s influence on American literature and culture. Lastly, as far as my personal goals go for this program, I really would like to explore Europe and learn more about the different cultures of this continent. I want to gain more culture awareness and an appreciation for living in a different country. Although it is only six weeks, I hope to get as much out of London as I can bring to it, and with only a few short months left until my departure, I can hardly wait for this experience.