A New Adventure Abroad: Germany!

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Hello everyone, my name is Christopher Ng and welcome to my Blog! I am currently a Junior at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management and pursuing a Certificate in Digital Media. I am from a medium-sized town called Westfield located in New Jersey. Both of my parents grew up in New York and moved to Jersey before I was born. Some of my interests include sports, art and music. I have been playing sports my whole life, whether it be baseball, soccer, or basketball. In middle school, I was introduced to Ultimate Frisbee by my math teacher and have stuck with that ever since. Nowadays, when I am not playing Ultimate Frisbee, I am playing basketball with my friends on the side. I also grew up enjoying art because my mom was an art major at the New York School of Art and Design. I have started to enjoy going to different museums as well as drawing in some of my spare time. In terms of music, I am most interested in pop and rap genres. I have attended many concerts in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. My favorite groups/artists include One Republic, Post Malone, Maroon 5 and Drake. I am a very driven, positive and outgoing person, which I feel are good qualities to have in a group setting. For this consulting project, I have found success in connecting with the other members as well as our client.

I would say that I have been pretty involved in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom since my time here at Pitt. Since freshman year, I decided to become a part of the Chinese American Student Association. I was on the club’s freshman committee where I helped set up many cool events and got to meet some Chinese celebs that we brought in such as Awkwafina. I was also a part of the Asian Student’s Alliance in their Public Relations/Social Media committee. In this committee, I helped spread news about the club’s biggest events such as the Culture Fair and spring Formal. I am also a current player on the Men’s Club Ultimate Frisbee A Team here at Pitt. I am one of the Social Media Coordinators for the team as well, meaning that I get to oversee all of the content that gets released on the team Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. It is really cool because I also get to use Photoshop and other web programs to create content for our team’s followers. Finally, I am involved in a professional business fraternity called Delta Sigma Pi. I joined Spring semester in 2018, and I can confidently say it was one of the best decisions of my life. I have grown so much professionally through the organization such as fixing my resume, learning how to properly interview, or even just networking. I have made so many great friends through the organization and even held a leadership position as the Vice President of Fundraising this past semester. In this role, I was able to learn how to effectively communicate with local restaurants as well as other business organizations to set up fundraisers. It helped me with my time management and organization skills, too. Being involved in so many organizations has definitely kept me busy outside of the classroom at school, and I enjoy every second of it. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many great people through these clubs and I love being able to connect with others by doing things that I enjoy.

During my college career, I have also had two internships and studied abroad once so far. My two internships were both at Vornado Realty Trust, a Fortune 500 Real Estate company, during the summers after my freshman and sophomore year. My first internship there was in the Leasing Department. This was a great experience because I was able to communicate with some of Vornado’s tenants and got to work first-hand with company leases. It was also my first time working in a corporate setting, so it was definitely new to me. I was also given a project to collaborate with the Information Technology Department to propose an updated system to the heads of their Department. It was a unique opportunity that allowed me to use my problem-solving skills and communication skills. My second internship there was in the Building Management System Department. In this role, I was responsible for all documentation regarding employee worker’s compensation and disabilities. In addition, I was fortunate enough to be able to lead a group intern project in which we presented a company financial report, industry review and market analysis to executives of the company. Although tedious, it was well worth the work because I was able to improve my leadership, time management, and communication skills during the process. My study abroad experience was through the Plus3 Program where I traveled to China for two weeks after my freshman year. This trip was focused on learning about the smartphone industry and we visited companies such as Huawei and Ocean East Logistics. Through many site visits and exploration, I definitely broadened my horizons of global business and really immersed myself in the Chinese culture. It is so much different in China compared to the United States. Learning about international business is definitely something that interests me and this taste abroad in China made me want to go abroad again some point in my college career.

So, when I heard about this Germany Marketing Consulting Program, I was ecstatic. Finally, a study abroad opportunity within my field of study where I can work with a real client. I knew that this program would be worthwhile because it would give me hands-on experience in marketing consulting, something in which I have never done before. In addition, I was also drawn in to applying because I knew that Meade Johnson was the head of this class, and I had the pleasure of working with her during The Pitch Program at Tonic Advertising Agency last semester. I have never been to Germany before and I think that traveling there for a real project as well as learning about the culture first-hand is an opportunity that I could not pass up. We are around three weeks into our consulting project with manroland Goss and I am enjoying every second of it. This feels like less of a class and more of a real world project, and I think that it is great experience before getting into the real world.

I hope to learn as much as I can about marketing consulting this semester. I think this project and program will definitely push my way of thinking and I am nervous and excited for it. The project has already made me think about things from a different perspective and learn about German culture as well. Our work is progressing, and the eight of us are working really well with each other on this project. Looking forward, I know that we will have great deliverables for our client and accomplish a lot during our time together.