Greetings from the other side of the pond! My name is Kaitlin, and I am a Junior at Pitt studying Marketing. I am originally from Bucks County, PA, which, in clearer terms, is about 30-45 minutes from Philly! Through Pitt Business, I am a part of the American Marketing Association, where I have met tons of other people interested in Marketing and have had the opportunity to speak with those who have gone to Pitt and now have successful careers in the field of marketing.
The program I am in is called the Global Business Institute: London. Now, if you know anything about me, you would know that I have always wanted to study abroad, more specifically, in London, which is why I decided to choose this specific program. Not only am I able to spend my time abroad in London, but I am also able to grow personally, and professionally, with the help of my professors from the classes I am taking here, and with others I have met that go to different schools from all over the world! Throughout my journey here, my goals are to learn more about myself and the world around me, and be able to take in the different cultures London has to offer and apply that to my future career.
While here, I am taking classes through a program called CAPA. It’s pretty different from what people normally think because it’s not an actual University where I go and take classes as a regular student. When I have classes, I take the tube and head towards Kensington, which is where the CAPA building is located and where each CAPA student has their classes. One of the big differences in taking classes here than at Pitt is that they are a bit more than three hours long. The longest class I have taken at Pitt was a little over two hours, so moving to three-plus hours has been an adjustment. Another difference is that in some of my classes, I get to leave the classroom and go on field studies, where we go to different parts of the city and relate it to what we are learning.
Here in London, I live in an area called Whitechapel, which is on the east end of London. From my flat, I am a six-minute walk from Tower Bridge and around a half-hour tube ride to Kensington. Right by Whitechapel, there is an area called Brick Lane, which is famous for its amazing curry (which I have yet to try). I live with four other people in my flat and am actually in a room with someone who also goes to Pitt!
Studying abroad has been an adjustment for me. To the little culture shocks and the tragedy of not having a Target here, it has been a bit overwhelming. A fun fact about me (that I tell everybody) is that I have a twin brother who also goes to Pitt. Sadly, he is not with me, which is something that has never happened before, which has also made this adjustment hard. But, with time, my experience abroad has gotten better and I can’t wait to see where I go next!