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…

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…

Work and Transportation

I’m on the product development team for the Chinese branch of the British bedding company Downland. My job entails conducting market research, brainstorming ideas for new products, and some social media and marketing. The office is small and has only been in China for three years. There are about ten employees who work in the…

First Impressions of Shanghai

My first week in China has been a blast! All of the Chinese students I’ve met are nice and take good care of me since I don’t speak any Chinese. I’m living on the Changning campus of Donghua University with my Chinese roommate Lance. Lance and I have enjoyed sharing different aspects of our culture…

Summer in Shanghai!

Hi everyone! My name is Myles Cooper and I am a sophomore in the College of Business Administration. I’m from West Chester, Pennsylvania which is about four and a half hours east of Pittsburgh. I’m a huge sports fan and Philadelphia sports are my favorite. The sport I like to watch the most is basketball,…

Meet the Pitt Business Student Bloggers for Summer 2019!

Welcome to the Panther Study Abroad Program! Panther Program Blog Overview The University of Pittsburgh’s Panther Programs are offered for all students covering almost every academic major. Each Panther Program scholarship recipient participated in a program long blogging initiative to share their experiences with friends, family, and prospective students. Meet the Summer 2019 Pitt Business Student…

Reflecting on Trinidad

One of the biggest lessons I learned from this global service learning experience is to take a second to slow down and breathe. Due to the fast pace of American life, we go throughout our day moving at one hundred miles per hour without ever taking a second to take a breath or decompress. For…

A Life Changing Experience

A noticeable cultural difference between the United States and Trinidad was the pace of the day. Trinis have a slow and laid back approach to their daily lives while in American culture, it is common to have a pace that is more catered to a schedule. It was difficult for the group to adjust to…

Challenges and Growth in Trinidad

As a supplement to the Global Service Learning course, each student receives a “Culture Smart” book specific to the country where the global service learning projects will take place. The Culture Smart books are a valuable tool for us because they give us insight and information about the cultural norms of the country. However, while…