London was the most influential experience of my life. As I said before in my previous posts, I have never been abroad before, so being able to have this experience in Europe was absolutely amazing.
During the entire trip, I’ve been to many different places. My friends and I started in Sitges, a small town outside of Barcelona. Then, we stayed in the middle of the city of Barcelona, which was really amazing and the people were really friendly. From there, we flew from Barca to Amsterdam and spent a few days there. Amsterdam was definitely one of my favorite places I visited. We stayed in a houseboat and explored the city on bikes. It was a super fun time. We then went to a city called Nijmegen in the Netherlands and I think it was really nice getting the chance to visit a city where there weren’t a lot of tourists. This really gave me a chance to connect with the city and the culture I was surrounded in, making it a difference experience than everywhere else we visited. Out last stop before settling down in London was Brussels, which was also breath taking, but we only got to spend about 20 hours there. I wish I could’ve seen more of Belgium.
Arriving in London and staying there for six weeks felt like a dream. My flat mates and I repeatedly said, “Oh my gosh, we’re actually living in London right now.” On some weekends we travelled around England, went to Paris, Norway, and explored everything we could throughout London. Everything about my trip abroad was so surreal, it felt like a dream. It was the most amazing experience.
Since I’ve been back in the States, I have noticed that I am a lot more independent and I would say more driven than I was before I left. I think dipping my toes in a professional setting got me really excited to start looking for job options now to kick start my future professional career. I noticed I am more interactive in networking and reaching out to companies than I was beforehand. I have also noticed that I look at situations a lot differently than I would have before, and that is because of my international marketing class. We discussed a lot about culture and how much of an effect it has on our everyday lives. Coming into contact with a lot of different people everyday from different families and areas, I now understand that they are culturally different than I am, and it helps me better understand people.
I plan to bring my cultural experience and all the knowledge I learned in my international marketing class back to Pitt Business and share my ideas with others in and out of class.
Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible and letting me get this amazing opportunity to travel abroad.
See you guys later,