Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Ethan Wdowiak. I am currently a Senior studying Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the University of Pittsburgh with plans to graduate in Spring 2019. Let me tell you, the time has flown since I began college. It’s hard to believe that this is my last year as a student, it’s a bitter-sweet feeling no doubt. During my time in Sydney, I’ll be documenting my experiences on this blog, so stay tuned if you want in on the action.
So, a little bit about why I chose this particular program, GBI: Sydney. This past year, I was feeling a sense of wanderlust after going on a week-long study abroad trip to Ecuador. I did some research on other programs Pitt offered and I had quite a few friends that had been on the GBI: Sydney trip. I spoke to them about their amazing experiences and they had me convinced after showing me pictures of the Blue Mountains and the world-class beaches. A few of my hobbies are music, hiking, and kayaking so, since I love to be outside, I knew that Sydney was the right choice for me after realizing all the opportunities I will have to see nature. And plus, I’ll be going right into their Spring season so it’s going to be beautiful there. While abroad, I’ll be taking 3-courses and participating in an internship with a real estate consulting startup called, CRIBZ. Working for a start-up company is not something I’m familiar with nor expected I would ever do. However, if the things I’ve heard about startups are true then hopefully learn some invaluable, applicable skills that I hope to take with me. Regarding my classes, one specific course that excites me is International Marketing. It will be interesting to see how businesses, such as IKEA, are able to dominate the global market and what factors allow them to do so.
I hope to return from this trip with a new mindset about the world that we inhabit. After all, I will literally be on the other side of the world. Sydney is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse cities. I don’t think I realize how vast, diverse, and populated our Earth is and living in a city that has 5 million+ people for 3 months will definitely humble me. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for updates about my journey in the Land Down Under! Cheers!