London, Here I Come!

Hi everyone! My name is Julia Majewski and I’m a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Human Resources Management and Business Information Systems with a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics and a minor in Economics. I am originally from South Brunswick, New Jersey. Here at Pitt Business, I am in the professional business fraternity Phi Gamma Nu, where I will be in the cabinet next semester as Assistant Pledge Educator, and I am on the executive board of the HR Club as the Suitable Manager of the club. When I am not studying at Hillman Library, you can find me at Fuku Tea picking up a bubble tea or at the Prince of India dinner buffet. Even though I absolutely love Pittsburgh, I am so beyond excited to be going off to London in just a month from now!

Ever since I was little, I was in love with London. I went to London when I was 5 on a family vacation. The history, the culture, and the beautiful buildings like the Buckingham Palace and Big Ben were enchanting to me. Now, as a young adult I still think back to that vacation as one of my favorite childhood memories. I am very excited to be able to explore the city that I fell in love with as a kid and be able to re-experience it now that so much has changed and I have grown.

During my time abroad, I will be participating in the Global Business Institute: London program, which gives me the opportunity to not only take a class but also intern during my stay abroad. I will be interning at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in the human resources department, as well as taking a class. I decided to do the GBI London program because of the extremely unique opportunity to be able to complete an internship in a foreign country. Beyond the internship and class I will be taking, I am just eager to be in London and experience what it is like to live there for 6 weeks. I am so excited to learn how to take the tube, find the best fish and chips place, take touristy pictures on the London Eye, and so much more!

Through this experience, I hope to develop myself both professionally and personally. My hope is that my internship helps me gain some knowledge about the HR function in the hospitality sector and gives me insight on how to be a better HR professional as a whole. Personally, I hope this experience pushes me out of my comfort zone. I will be experiencing so many new things, including my first time out of the US without my parents and my first real internship experience. By the end of my abroad experience, I hope to be more confident in myself and my ability to go into new experiences with an open mind and the intention to learn. I am excited to push my self beyond the classrooms of Pitt Business and beyond the city of Pittsburgh, and out into the world!