My Time Abroad

As stated many times before, this summer was one of the best summers of my life. I enjoyed every minute of my time spent in Prague. I grew so much as an individual and did it beside some great people in the program. From boating on the Vlatava River, to playing Foosball with people from other countries, each experience was amazing. Each and everything about my time in Prague I will remember.

Starting with my work experience. I now am a better candidate for any job that shall come my way. I feel as if the experience I received was better then most opportunities I could have gotten in the United States. Due to working in a small company I was constantly helped by the founders of the company. The hands on experience I received created confidence in my abilities. This confidence will then carry over into my future jobs and careers. The founders of the company cared about my growth rather then just giving me work. Each day on the job I learned something new about the industry and about the business world. The perspective I was given really showed me how businesses run from the ground up. In my future my goal is to start a business of my own and I was shown it is no easy path. My employers worked an unrealistic amount of hours each day. If and when the time comes for me to run my business I now understand what it takes. I am grateful for my employers and all the things they have done for me.

To the people I have met. Each and everyone of them was unique and kind. I was fortunate enough to live with very like minded people to myself. From very early on we hit off and I was able to spend my summer with great people. All summer we made sure to do as much as we could. We traveled to amazing cities such as Budapest, Krakow, Berlin, and Dubrovnik. Each and every city was unique and amazing. From the thermal pools in Budapest to the Croatian coast, me and my new found friends made sure to have the best time. I learned so many things about European and the worlds history. It is crazy to think that the United States is so young and modern compared to the rest of the world. Each trip was amazing and sharing it with great people made it even better. We also made sure to get the most out of Prague. We went to every historic place we possibly could. We walked the steps to the castle many times, walked through old town square almost daily, and ate as many Trdelniks as possible.Our favorite past time was to rent a paddle boat on the river. I watched the sun set many nights from those boats and each time it seemed to get prettier. I really expected to do be solo most of my time abroad, but I am forever grateful that I didn’t have to be.

Personally, I really do feel like a new person. I now feel as if I am fully capable of being fully independent. I have traveled across country lines with no more then a backpack and survived. I have figured out directions that were in a foreign language. I completed projects and reports that I have never had education on and I have formed lifelong relationships with people that live around the world. The experience was humbling and very difficult at times, but each and every difficulty seemed to be worth it in the end. I did not realize how much I would learn about myself and my abilities. There is no better of a word to describe the lasting effect on me then “confidence”. I now feel like I can take on the world and or go into the workforce without issue. I have seen my education put to use and have learned so many more things to utilize.

I am truly saddened that my experience had to end. My summer was full of great times and growth. It will definitely be a hard summer to top. I have to say thank you to all the people that have assisted me on my adventure from my friends and family, to the Pitt Business program each and everyone of you made my experience great. This program truly has given me great stories and loads of experience moving forward. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.