Settling into Shepherds Bush

Hello from London! The First few weeks have been crazy busy, but I am so glad that I made the decision to come to London to study abroad. I am currently living in a neighborhood called Shepherds Bush. This is in the west end of London; one tube stops away from Hammersmith. Hammersmith is a…

Introduction – GBI London

My name is Harrison Poutre and I am a Marketing and Supply Chain management major in the class of 2021. I am extremely excited to be returning to London for the fall semester after a short visit in July to watch my favorite Baseball Team, the New York Yankees, play in the MLB London Series….

Time to Go Home, 我们走!

This is probably the most difficult blog to write because it means the end of my time in China. Before going abroad, I was so worried that I had taken on too much of a challenge by committing to Shanghai, especially for two months. I was sad that I wouldn’t be able to talk to…

Getting to Know 上海 (Shanghai)

The first few weeks abroad were incredible—full of new experiences and new people. The very first week I was so excited to be in Shanghai and I took everything in. It’s funny to look back at the first day in Shanghai, tired after not sleeping on the 13-hour plane ride, but following our roommates around…

The Daily Grind, Ground Beef!

I chose to intern at Heartland Brothers this summer because I wanted a marketing internship in the food industry. They import and fabricate beef and pork which comes from farms in the Midwest of the US. When consulting with our internship coordinator, I also heard that they always make lunch in the office, and if…

A Summer of Personal Growth

Working for Downland this summer was a great experience. Being able to get comfortable with some of my coworkers the first day of work made the transition easier. What helped my coworkers feel more comfortable talking to me was using the little Chinese that I knew. Once they realized how bad my Chinese was, that…

Getting to Work, 坐地铁

Commuting in Shanghai has been a lot easier than I anticipated. Before coming here the idea of my direction-less self navigating through such a big and busy city was unthinkable, but the transit system is incredible. I mainly get around using the metro but I’ve also used the buses and both will easily get you…

Many Thanks, London

What now is a few weeks in the past, my study abroad experience in London has been the most life changing experience throughout my time at Pitt thus far. During my entire six-week program in London, I was immersed in the culture of the city, and with each day, I met someone new and learned…

Comfortability in China

Throughout the first half of my study abroad program, I appreciate the fact that I’ve been able to learn about and witness aspects of the Chinese culture and compare them to American culture. It didn’t take long for me to experience culture shock in Shanghai. In my previous blog I mentioned the lack of personal…