Introduction- Woodcock Global Ireland Program

Hello everybody!

My name is James Boston and I am from Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, which is just south of Pitt (about 30 minutes away). I have plans to study finance and economics, but not sure if I can fit two majors in or if I might minor in economics.

I am participating in the Woodcock Global Honors Fellowship, and will be traveling to Ireland for two weeks after two weeks at the University of Pittsburgh.

I chose this program because of its tremendous benefits; I will be able to meet some awesome Pitt students and future friends, interact with real businesses in Pittsburgh and in Ireland, and prepare myself to be a leader in the business industry. Not often do students get a chance to be face to face with companies and interact with employees. I always love learning from others and listening to advice from people who have come before me.

I’ve traveled abroad a few times, and I just got back from a Europe trip in June. I have been to Italy, Canada, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. I have always wanted to travel to Ireland and visit because half of my family is Irish.

I just completed my IB Diploma and am ready to start a new chapter in college. Aside from academics, I play the trumpet and bass. I have attended the PMEA All-State festival on both instruments and I was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony (PYSO) on Bass. I listen to mostly all types of music. I love the outdoors, camping, hiking, boating, grilling, etc. I earned my Eagle Scout rank in 2016 in Troop 228 in Bethel Park, PA.

I am a huge Steelers and Penguins fan and love watching and playing football for fun. I also am a car guy, from Lamborghinis to muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.

I am looking forward to meeting everyone soon and am excited to have a great time together these next four weeks!