Preparing to Travel Across the Pond

Hi! My name is Tian Ah You and I will be studying abroad in London through the Global Business Institute program in Spring 2019. I’m a Junior majoring in Business Information Systems with a certificate in Business Analytics. Outside of class I’m mostly involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity, but have previously also been active in the League of Emerging Analytics Professionals, American Marketing Association, and Society for International Business.

I’m originally from 4,000 miles away in Anchorage, Alaska, so Pittsburgh winter is barely anything for me. I have always wanted to go to school somewhere close to the East Coast, and once I saw the Cathedral of Learning in person, I knew this is where I had to go. I love how Pittsburgh is a big city but has a small, personal feel to it. I feel like I’ve found my place here and plan on staying on this side of the country after graduation.

I have always been interested in pursuing some kind of career in technology and have been slowly exploring the field and figuring out what I want to do. Over this past summer and fall, I have worked as an IT intern at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. Here I was able to learn a lot about the overall field through working at the help desk, in addition to having a few projects such as learning how to write a script using Microsoft PowerShell. While this was a truly great experience, I’m now more interested in becoming a data scientist. This is because I will be able to combine my love of coding and problem solving together.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been planning on study abroad in college. After doing research on the different programs, I was immediately drawn to the Global Business Institute because of the unique internship opportunity. Upon deciding what program I wanted to do, I quickly chose London because of my previously great experiences in Europe. I’ve been fortunate enough in the past to travel to Italy, France, Switzerland, and Austria, but never London. I’m also very excited to work in London to see how their different data privacy laws affect data science work and overall business decisions. London has a stricter opt-in policy for collecting personal data from the public. Many US companies buy and sell their customers data without their knowledge, and I’m very curious and excited to see how this changes business in London.

I’m constantly counting down the days until I leave (19!) and can’t wait to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity! Now that all of the details are set, I’m glad that all I have to worry about is to not overpack!