Fellowship Abroad… From My Bedroom

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Hi there! My name is Noah Bushlow and I am an incoming freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. I plan on majoring in Marketing, and may choose to pursue a Certificate in Sports Management. I have lived in Queens, New York my entire life, which means I had an hour long bus ride every morning to get to my high school in the Bronx. In high school, I played on our Varsity Baseball team, as well as co-founded a new Jazz Club. When I am outside of school, you can find me hanging out with my friends, playing fantasy sports, or watching a comedy special on Netflix.

When I first heard of the Haller Global Honors Fellowship, I knew that going abroad before my first ever semester at Pitt was something I had significant interest in. I have been fortunate enough to travel with my family in the past, and visiting other countries has always been something I have enjoyed doing. However, getting the opportunity to receive real world business experience is something I look forward to even more.

In recent years, the only work experience I have had is working as a counselor at a summer camp. Though I very much enjoyed my summers working there, I know that being a camp counselor is not sufficient work experience when it comes to the realm of business. With the Global Fellowship, I will be taking my first steps into my career in business. Furthermore, I hope that this experience becomes a helpful networking tool that will help me in my pursuit of work in the future. Additionally, I am hoping that this two week consulting project will direct me towards the aspects of business I find most interesting and that I am best at.

Just when I was getting ready for this opportunity to visit Ireland, the realm of possibility for such an experience quickly vanished due the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, my hopes of partaking in the Haller Global Honors Fellowship were soon restored when the Haller family offered to adapt the fellowship to a virtual format. Now fellow incoming freshmen and I have the opportunity to remotely learn what it is like to consult with international companies. Over the next two weeks, myself and eight other students will be helping an Irish customer service company called Kendlebell, strategize three different options for expansion. My group in particular, will be responsible for researching viable means of expanding Kendlebell’s operations into the United States. Not only will I be learning about how businesses tend to operate internationally and in Ireland, but I will also be familiarized with how to conduct research on the best practices of certain business plans.

Overall, I am thrilled to be able to participate in such a fellowship, as it is the first legitimate step into my business career. Never before have I had the chance to consult with an actual company, especially not remotely and from another country. If anything, The Haller Global Honors Fellowship will prepare me for an increasingly virtual job market, and provide me with new friends heading into my first year at the University of Pittsburgh. I can’t wait to see what these two weeks have in store!