My name is Kailey Clapp, and I’m from a suburb of Chicago. I am currently a junior at the University of Pittsburgh where I am majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. In addition, I’m minoring in French and working towards the Certificate Program in International Business. My certificate in international business is the main reason that I decided to study abroad this semester. Additionally, I chose London in specific because it is a large city known for being a global business hub. I decided that the Global Business Institute in London was the best study abroad option for me because completing the semester will satisfy the requirements of my certificate, as well as provide valuable knowledge and skills through the internship portion of the program.
Over the next few weeks I will be getting ready to depart for London. During the GBI London program I will spend sixteen weeks taking courses in marketing, supply chain management, and economics while interning for Pringle of Scotland, the world’s second oldest luxury goods brand. I was extremely excited to hear that I had been offered a position with this company, as I am very passionate about working in the fashion industry after graduation. I look forward to learning more from a company that is so rich with history and has a different global perspective than I am used to in the U.S.
During my time abroad, I will be able to experience life similar to a typical Londoner by using the tube to commute to work and class each day. Although I’ve become very familiar with public transportation at this point, I’ve been told that it is not uncommon to commute an hour each way in London. This will be a challenge to adjust to, but I hope I will learn to use this time productively or as a way to relax at the end of the day.
When I am not in class or at work, I’ll have free time to explore London and nearby countries in Europe. Although I spent 4 weeks in London last summer, I know that there is still so much more to see, especially during the spring time. I missed the opportunity to visit the London Eye last summer, so I look forward to going this spring. I also can’t wait to check out some of the local markets with my friends!
Outside of the classroom, I have a wide variety of activities I like doing. My favorite, however, is listening to music—I can almost always be seen with my earbuds in! In addition, I love going to concerts. Whenever a band I like is coming to town, I try to get tickets with my friends. I have already started looking at concerts in London and hope to see some local bands as well while I’m abroad.
Overall, I’m so excited to be going abroad, and I can’t wait to get to know a new city with my peers! See you all in London!