From the Classroom. To the City. To London.

Hi! My name is Rebecca Power, and I am a sophomore majoring in accounting, minoring in Spanish, and pursuing the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics as well as the Certificate in International Business here at Pitt Business. During this upcoming summer, I will be traveling to London, United Kingdom to pursue the Global Business Institute: International Accounting Issues program. I am incredibly excited to go on this adventure with some of my friends, and being able to explore, intern, and study abroad in a foreign country is an opportunity that I will definitely treasure forever.

Before even coming to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad. Traveling has been a huge part of my life: with an Australian mother and a Gibraltarian father, I come from a very international background and a majority of my family lives overseas. I was actually born in England, and since then, I have moved numerous times throughout my life. Due to naturally obtaining the “travel bug,” I have always dreamed of a job that allows me to explore the world. Studying abroad is the first step towards this goal.

This past semester I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Trinidad and Tobago to pursue a ten year global non-profit consulting project that promotes sustainable ecotourism. I worked alongside seven other Pitt Business Student Consultants (a few of whom will be joining me on this trip to London) with our client based in a remote town along the coast of Trinidad to help them develop networking and customer service skills. This project was an awesome opportunity and I am excited to continue my study abroad experience here at Pitt.

As an accounting major, this program was a perfect fit for me – combining traveling with studying, getting hands on experience, and focusing on accounting. This unique opportunity utilizes all knowledge gained from the classroom and applies it directly to real-world experiences. It allows for individual flourishment, professional development and civic engagement for not only myself, but for the city of London as well. I personally chose to endure this project for the incredible chance to travel and to hopefully gain a new appreciation for an exciting culture other than America. Academically, this project will certainly provide its challenges, as this opportunity entails working and living in a foreign country. In the business world, however, it’s vital to obtain adaptability and flexibility skills, which leads me into the professional aspect of this trip. On this journey, I will additionally be hoping to gain professional transferable skills while working with an incredible group of women who care about the improvement of their own community. I will be able to listen, learn, and gain valuable information from not only my peers, but also from my internship abroad.

With just over one month away from our trip to London, my peers and I are starting to prepare ourselves for an unforgettable summer before touching down in England. Ecstatic is an understatement, and I’m beyond excited to be able to share my journey with all of you!