Hello! My name is Emily Anderson, and I am so excited to have the privilege to study abroad through the Global Business Institute London in the coming weeks!
I am currently a junior at Pitt and I am working towards a degree in marketing along with a certificate in leadership in ethics. Deciding to study business was one of the hardest decisions that I have had to make. Up until I applied for Pitt in late November of my senior year of high school, I did not have a clue as to what I wanted to study in college. Nothing seemed to interest me enough, and it became one of my major stressors during my first semester, especially since it seemed that everyone else already had their lives planned out.
What really pushed me to make the decision to study marketing was my cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in October of 2015. After being diagnosed, I took a really hard look at my life and realized that the decision I had been stressing over for weeks was easily solved. Besides my family and friends, one thing that really pushed me through my time in the hospital was music. From the lyrics to my favorite songs and the sense of community within the fanbases, listening to music (and more importantly my favorite band, All Time Low) gave me the last push I needed to get through my treatment. I decided to study business so I can one day enter the music industry, preferably as an artist manager. My goal is to be responsible for bringing the sense of belonging and community that I was able to feel to others across the country and around the world that need that extra push too.
As for my cancer diagnosis, I am proud to say that I have been in remission since June of 2016! This was followed by the amazing opportunity to meet my favorite band through receiving a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All Time Low is the sole reason I decided on my career path, and having the opportunity to meet with them and their tour manager was an experience that I will never forget, especially since I consider their tour manager to be my first professional contact. One of the reasons that spending the semester in London is exciting for me is because it is giving me the opportunity of my first professional experience through the internship. All of the professional experience that I have gained so far is through a part-time job I’ve held for two summers and networking events that Pitt Business has hosted. I am ready to jump in to the professional world with the skills that I have learned through these experiences.
The program that I will be taking part in is the Global Business Institute: London. This program provides me with an opportunity for an international internship, along with taking international business classes. I am grateful for the chance to have a global internship and spend a semester abroad because it is important to my intended field of study. Music has no language and crosses all borders, so it is critical for me to understand how business differs in countries around the world. Combining my academic and professional goals, I hope that this program can expand the knowledge that I’ve learned in the classroom by applying it to my internship on the world stage. This program also fulfills my biggest personal goal: my semester abroad will be my first time leaving the United States. I have always wanted to travel and see more of the world, and I am very fortunate that the GBI will open the door for me to do so. Another personal goal of mine that I hope this trip will fulfill is more independence. Part of the reason I chose to attend Pitt was its proximity to my home in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is around five and a half hours from Philly, giving me the convenience of being able to make my way home if a situation called for it. I have been relying on that safety net for three years now, and I believe that the final step in the process of becoming independent is going abroad. It scares me a little to know that I won’t be able to speak to my family as often as I do now, but I am ready to step outside of my comfort zone to spend a semester in another country.
Speaking of my personal goals, I think I should introduce myself a little more on a personal level. When I’m not studying or attending classes, most of the time I can be found with a book in my hands and headphones in my ears. I also love to dance; I’ve taken classes since I was three years old, and I specialize in tap and jazz. Being from Philadelphia I am a die-hard sports fan (more specifically the Eagles and the Flyers), which is a trait I picked up from my mom. I also have a younger brother who is in his first year of college at Pitt’s Bradford branch campus, and I can’t wait to come home in April and convince him to study abroad as well!
Only three more weeks to go until I spend four months in London! I am ready to put everything I learned to the test and develop my professional skills internationally!