Ciao from Florence, Italy

Hi everyone!  My name is Sara Shriber and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am studying Marketing and Supply Chain Management while also pursuing a certificate in International Business. I am from Wexford, PA which is about 30 minutes north of the University of Pittsburgh. This semester, I am studying abroad in Florence, Italy through the Global Business Institute. In this program, I will be immersed into the Florentine lifestyle while continuing my studies in business.

On campus, I am a member of the Pitt Club Tennis Team, Best Buddies, and the Sports Business Association. Last summer, I was a intern for Baseball NSW, a baseball organization in Sydney, Australia. The year prior, I was a Marketing intern for Infinity Custom Homes, a company that builds custom homes. I am excited to apply my experiences to the world.

I have always had a strong passion for traveling and learning about different cultures. Last summer, I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia through the Global Business Institute: Sports Business program. Over the course of the program, I took Sports Marketing and worked a part-time internship. I had the best experience studying abroad in Sydney, Australia that I wanted to do another program for a longer period of time. I learned a lot over the course of two months, and I am excited to see what I can accomplish over a semester-long program. Florence is completely different than Sydney, so I am excited to compare my experiences.

I chose the Global Business Institute program in Florence for various reasons. First, the course offerings will allow me to further explore courses in my major and certificate. I am excited to learn more about international business first-hand. Second, Florence is a great city to study abroad because of its rich history, art, and culture. I also like how other countries and Italian cities are easily accessible from Florence. Last, I like how this program allows you to live in a foreign city while also giving you comfort by studying and living with other American students.

I hope to achieve a lot personally, academically, and professionally over the course of the program. I hope to achieve cultural competency, gain a new sense of independence, familiarize myself with the city, and be able to carry basic conversations in Italian. I am hoping to achieve these goals by stepping outside of my comfort zone and having new experiences. Academically, I am hoping to learn more about the international dimensions of business as I am interested in working abroad in the future. In particular, I am interested to learn about marketing and supply chain on an international scale. I am hoping my courses will allow me to broaden my interests. Professionally, I am hoping to obtain transferrable workplace skills and a better sense of a career path I want to follow. I will be volunteering and working on different projects in Florence that will allow me to achieve this.

I am very excited to see what the semester brings. There will definitely be some challenges, but I am looking forward to this unique experience. I can’t wait to share my experiences throughout my journey abroad.