Reflecting on Study Abroad

Wow! I can’t believe that my international experience in Sydney, Australia has already come and gone.  This has been an amazing semester packed with experiences.  It’s hard to summarize everything I did, however, there are a number of standouts that I would like to highlight.  First, I was able to take classes on Australian culture…

My Study Abroad Expectations

When I applied for college a few years ago, one of the most important considerations for me was quality of study abroad programs available.  As study abroad was one of the things I was most looking forward to in college, I had high hopes for my experience abroad.  Prior to departure, I was expecting a…

Pyrmont, NSW

During my time in Sydney, Australia, I had the pleasure of living on Pyrmont Street in Darling Harbor.  On Pyrmont Street is the Oaks Goldsbrough apartments is a building with a rich history and my temporary home.  Goldsbrough was built in the 1890s as a production and storage facility for the thriving wool industry in…

Adapting to an International Internship

This semester I am interning with Advice RegTech, which is a financial compliance service provider seeking to aid financial advice firms in efficiently and effectively complying with government regulation.  Going into this internship engagement, I was not quite sure what to expect – after hearing stories from friends, I wasn’t sure whether I would be…

High Level Morning Commute Analysis

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, my internship is located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district.  Specifically, I work in the EY building that can be seen in a picture of the city skyline.  After a full semester of working here, I think I have found the fastest way to get…

What If?

What if I were to become a full-time resident of Sydney, Australia?  Could I really fit in in as a Sydneysider?  Would I want to stay if given the opportunity?  I’ve thought through these questions quite a bit during my time abroad, especially during my daily commute to work.  First of all, having the opportunity…

Trip Within a Trip

Outside of my study abroad placement, I travelled to New Zealand during our weeklong spring break.  As a huge fan of hiking and The Lord of the Rings, I knew this was a place I would have to visit in order for my study abroad experience to be complete.  I felt well prepared for all…

The Top 3 Things To Do In Sydney (Not Clickbait)

After living in sunny Sydney for the semester, I’ve developed a long list of the best places to visit, best activities to do, fastest ways to travel, and of course the best beaches.  With my family visiting Sydney for the last week of the program, I’ve really had to narrow down the city to only…

One Month Until Sydney

Hello!  My name is Steven Kirk and I am a Sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am a Pitt Business student majoring in Accounting, and am also pursuing a certificate in Business Analytics.  On campus, I am a member of Phi Beta Lambda and have served on the eboard for Enactus.  I was born…