I am back home and as weird as it may sound its been more difficult adjusting to home than it was adjusting to London. When traveling to London, I went from restriction to freedom, which was easy. Traveling home was the opposite.
While I was abroad I was able to learn how to manage my time and my work. I was juggling being a student, an employee, a tourist, and living as a Londoner. I was able to excel in each aspect during my time abroad.
I had an amazing opportunity to take an international accounting issues course which relates directly to my major. Through this course I was able to gain knowledge on different accounting issues along with different concepts. I also had the privilege of attending site visits. Through these site visits I was able to extend my networking overseas and observe differences between businesses in Pittsburgh and businesses in London. The site visits were my absolute favorite part of my academic experience.
My internship was a close second to being my favorite. I was able to make great connections with my coworkers and I was able to learn how to work in a professional environment. I was originally concerned about feeling out of place and having trouble adjusting to the culture. I quickly learned how welcoming my coworkers were and that although some things were done differently, they are understanding people and were willing to help me learn. I was able to gain a lot of experience in the accounting department and completed my work effectively and efficiently. I realized how much the company I was working for valued me when it was time for me to leave. It seemed like no one wanted me to leave and I kept getting reminded that it was too short of a time and it went by too quickly. I felt good about this, it seemed like a sign of success to me.
I also had enough time in my busy schedule to explore almost everything. The best part was attending any type of royal event. In America there are no royals, so I tried to take advantage of the royal aspect of England. The palaces, the royal wedding, and the royal ascot were a few of the best experiences.
After being back in America and taking some time to adjust, I have come to appreciate my non-royal life. I feel very lucky to have an experience abroad. I can bring back my new accounting skills, my time management, and my networking capabilities to Pitt Business.
Thanks for following me on my journey. I hope you had as much fun reading about my time in London as I did being in London!