Hello, London!

Hello! My name is Taylor Blake, and I am a rising Senior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in accounting and plan on completing my master’s in accounting and data analytics at Katz Graduate School of Business. At Pitt, I am a part of Beta Alpha Psi, University of Accounting Association, Phi Beta Lambda, and Women in Business. I have also completed a certificate in the LEADS (Leaders Engaging and Developing Strengths) program and recently finished the new Deloitte – Pitt University Relations Mentorship Program this past spring. I am not only involved in an array of organizations but work at some off-campus jobs and volunteer. I work at Olive Garden as a ToGo specialist, Terylin’s Salon as a receptionist, and volunteer at the Pittsburgh Promise by going to various events and helping train incoming ambassadors for the school year.

I chose GBI London: International Business Issues and the City of London to experience business in another country, and not just in any country but in London which is known as a global center of finance. I hope to develop my communication, time management, and cultural skills during this study abroad experience. At my internship especially, I am looking forward to seeing all the aspects of a business. As someone who transferred into the business school, I believe it’s even more important to experience business abroad to be able to fully submerse themselves in the world of business.

During my time abroad, I will be participating in a part-time internship with a company called NEMI teas who is a London-based tea company that provides employment to refugees to give them local work experience and learn skills that will help integrate them into society. Their teas are also plastic-free, come in biodegradable packaging, and are organic. I will be doing a variety of tasks at my internship here. Some tasks include but aren’t limited to social media, marketing, event planning, blogging, and making monthly newsletters. I will also be taking a class with Professor Garavaglia, who teaches accounting courses at Pitt. This class will expose me to a variety of business issues in London. We will have lectures and site visits each week on a different business issue.

Next summer, 2023, I will be working for PwC as an Audit Intern in their Pittsburgh office. As I am very excited to move up in my career, this study abroad experience will only help me achieve my goals for the future. You not only need an accounting background to be an auditor but other soft skills that are imperative for any job. During my experience in London, I hope to develop these skills by interacting with other students from across the United States, refugees at my internship, and local Londoners.

This past week was challenging getting to London as my Visa arrived late and my flight got canceled hours before my departure, all on top of being my first time outside the country. Despite the delays and chaos, I have finally arrived in London! Since I’ve been here, I visited BNY Mellon with my class for a site visit and have done some site seeing around London.

I am excited to tell you more about this amazing opportunity in the upcoming weeks!

Until then, cheers!