Ready, Set, London!

In exactly one month, I will be on a plane over the Atlantic ready to start a new adventure. My name is Justin Torhan, and I am a sophomore here at PittBusiness! I am majoring in both Marketing and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Sports Management. Off-campus, I work as an Area Supervisor for American Pool in addition to volunteering for local non-profits. I am a Pittsburgh local, for I grew up about 30 minutes outside of the city in Moon Township. Of course, this means I am an avid Pittsburgh sports fan as black and gold runs in my blood. Like many others, traveling is something that I am very passionate about. In fact, I was fortunate to be able to travel to London once before for a few days as a tourist, and I knew immediately it was somewhere that I had to return for a longer period of time.

Even during high school, I knew studying abroad in college was important to me. I asked at every college tour, “What kind of study abroad opportunities do you have?” This summer, I will finally be able to fulfill a lifelong goal! I will be studying (and interning!) in London for 6 weeks through the Global Business Institute: London program. When I first came to Pitt, I began my career in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences as an Undecided major, but I knew from the beginning I was going to transfer to the College of Business Administration (CBA). This spring, I officially internally transferred to CBA, and it was at the CBA transfer student orientation that I was first introduced to this awesome program. Studying and interning abroad? It sounded too good to be true. Yet, it isn’t, and that’s exactly how I will be spending the first half of my summer! While I don’t know my internship assignment yet, I am more than excited to get started.

I chose the London program specifically because I have an immense appreciation and admiration for the history and culture of one of the world’s largest cities. In addition to Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, I love the hustle and bustle of being in a big city – particularly London. Taking the tube each day to my internship will be quite the experience in itself, for I am quite used to the typical American commute: a traffic-filled drive.

Professionally, this will be my first internship. While I have gained many unique skills through my current work experience, being able to complete an internship experience abroad in my major of study is invaluable. When I return from this program, I know that I will have developed my professional skills in a way that I would have never thought possible. Business is global, and I will be able to take my global experience with me throughout the remainder of my time at Pitt and into my career.

Next time I write, I will be fully immersed in my study abroad experience. I cannot wait, but first I have to get through finals this week. I better get back to studying.

Talk to you soon (and Hail to Pitt!).