My name is Rachel Hannum and I am a sophomore majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management, with a certificate in Business Analytics and a minor in Economics. I am thrilled to be studying abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay this summer! I have never traveled outside of the United States, so this experience is an exciting one to say the least. Before I get in to why I chose this program, let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am from Oxford, Pennsylvania, a very small town located in the southeastern corner of the state. Like many others, I’m about an hour outside of Philly. I have grown up with my twin brother, Ryan; we’ve literally been stuck with each other since the very beginning (good thing he’s my best friend). I’ve also been fortunate enough to grow up with incredible parents and live very close to my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins; most of them are only a ten minute drive away, at the most.
Although Oxford is home to my family and some of my best friends, Pittsburgh has quickly become one of my favorite places in the world. These two places have created the perfect balance; life in Oxford is very simple and the hustle and bustle nature of Pittsburgh balances that out.
Here at Pitt, I am involved in the American Marketing Association, where I have served on the executive board as the Vice President of Communications for the past two semesters and will serve as the Vice President of Consulting for the 2019 – 2020 school year. This organization has provided me with some of the greatest opportunities and some of the best friends and I am forever thankful for that.
After I return from Uruguay, I will be starting a procurement internship at Clark Associates, Inc. which is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, operating in the food service industry. I am extremely excited to grow professionally while discovering where my true interests lie.
Now back to Uruguay! I will be participating in the Global Supply Networks and Manufacturing Culture in Latin America program, which not only provides me the opportunity to earn credits for my Supply Chain Management major, but also unifies my academic and career goals.
As a student in the Pitt Business honors program, I not only want to complete the program requirements, but grow as much as I can as a result of the experiences it provides to me. The program requires me to complete multiple honors seminars as well as an experience-based capstone, on top of my normal course work. One way to complete the experience-based capstone is the global experience track, where honors students participate in an approved study abroad program. The Global Supply Networks and Manufacturing Culture in Latin America program is an excellent program for my experience-based capstone because it is extremely relevant to my Supply Chain Management major. Although there are other ways in which I can complete the capstone, I have chosen the global experience track because I believe I will harness the greatest personal and professional growth as a result.
When it comes to career goals, I hope to work in a management role one day. I enjoy taking on organizational, planning, and leadership duties to achieve short-term and long-term goals. Whether this is a supply chain management role, a marketing management role, an operations management role, or something of the sort, I have made it a goal to hold such a position because it aligns with my skills and interests. These are challenging positions that take place in fast-paced environments. By traveling to Uruguay, not only will I be exposed to the field of supply chain management and begin to understand it on a global level, but I hope to become more prepared to work in demanding workplaces, as studying abroad will develop my ability to handle many responsibilities in a dynamic environment.
As for personal development, I hope to become more open-minded, adaptable, and flexible by engaging with an unfamiliar country and culture. I also hope to establish an international network, thereby providing me with unique job opportunities and lifelong friendships.
I am incredibly thankful to have discovered the Global Supply Networks and Manufacturing Culture in Latin America program and be accepted to attend it during the Summer of 2019. To see the academic and career goals that I have set in Pittsburgh come to life in a study abroad program in Uruguay makes me realize how perfect of a fit this program is, and I am looking forward to every second I will spend in Montevideo!
The next time you’ll be hearing from me, I’ll be in Uruguay! Talk to you then!