Heading to my Homeland

My Name is Kyle McTiernan and I am a sophomore at The University of Pittsburgh majoring in Accounting and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Economics and a Certificate in Data Analytics. I am originally from West Chester, PA which is a suburb outside of Philadelphia. High school for me was filled with a wide array of activities from varsity sports, to mock trial, to student council. My eclectic taste remained as I made my way to college, with my first year on Pitt’s campus seeing me get involved in all sorts of clubs and activities.

I stayed true to my love of sports by joining Pitt Crew, the university’s club rowing team first semester. Crew was never a sport I had the opportunity to participating in when I was younger but growing up outside Philadelphia driving into the city past boathouse row on the Schuylkill River I always had a strong association of crew and college athletics. Alongside the crew team I made sure that I kept a focus on my academics and career by joining the professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. AKPsi has been a fantastic experience throughout my first two years of college, truly broadening my understanding of the business world through site visits and professional development events not to mention the support of the brotherhood and the invaluable relationships created with upperclassmen that took me under their wing.

The addition of joining a social fraternity (Pi Kappa Phi) The University of Pittsburgh has begun to feel like home, but with this comfort comes the fear of complacency. That’s why I knew I wanted to study abroad this summer. As I began to feel comfortable, I knew it was time to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone again just as I did when I first came to college. I am hoping to gain new perspectives and experiences through this program, both through the internship itself as well as the skills and lessons learned through living and working in an international city.

Having chosen the IIP Dublin program I cannot wait to start my time in Ireland over the summer. Being a “McTiernan” I feel like I’ll be able to fit right in and am hoping they welcome me home with open arms at the airport. Interning in Dublin seems so exciting to me because it seemed like the study abroad opportunity that offered the most immersive experience. Because English is the primary language spoken in Ireland there won’t be any language barrier which I feel will give me the ability to fully integrate myself into my internship and become a valuable member of the team. I am very excited for this summer, and cannot wait to see what is in store for me when I get there.