A New Beginning

Well, it has officially ended. Or has it? My Italian teacher in Rome assured my class that going back home is not the end, but a new beginning. And I have to agree with that. Instead of crying over leaving the beautiful city I was blessed to live in for three and a half months,…

Wow – What a Tremendous Experience!

In Florence, I learned basic conversational Italian, developed a better appreciation for the arts and art history, learned about interesting International Finance topics (such as foreign exchange markets), and met amazing people.  I experienced over 25 museums throughout Italy and Europe, and saw 9 Italian cities and towns (Florence, Rome, Sienna, San Gimignano, Palermo, Venice,…

To Permanently Live in Florence

If I were to permanently live in Florence, I would want to live on the south side of the Arno.  This area is generally less crowded and is home to some of Florence’s best restaurants and trades shops.  Ideally, I could work in some area of the arts, while still utilizing my finance degree.  For…

Exploring China

Over the semester so far, I’ve been lucky enough to travel around to a few different cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Sanya, Xi’An, and a bunch in Yunnan province. My first trip was to Beijing after only two weeks in China. My biggest hurdle for the entire journey was figuring out the train station. I…

Interning Abroad

At this point in the semester, I am starting to look back on my first few weeks abroad and how those initial impressions have changed since then. Now that I’ve been at my internship for a couple months, it is easy to reflect on the transition process that I experienced as I entered the new…

Fin

So this is my first post-program blog post. I literally cannot believe how three months flew past so quickly. As I look back on my program, I am honestly so proud of how much I’ve accomplished and done. I was a little bummed out at how much left there was to do, and there is…

Meeting MeetUGo

With the career aspiration of working abroad in the future, interning with a Chinese company this semester is the perfect intro to global business. This spring, I’m acting as an operations management intern for a small social media start-up, MeetUGo. The company is a social media platform that compiles events around Shanghai, specifically for expats….

Long-Term Living in Rome

Hypothetical situation: you could live in any neighborhood in Rome and have any job you want there. What would you do? What more would you explore? If I could live in Rome long term, I think I would enjoy living in the Monti neighborhood. Rome is huge and very spread out, so there are really…

Goodbye London, Hello Philadelphia!!

Since flying home from London two weeks ago, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the experiences that I had there. I have noticed a lot more independence in myself, a special readiness for my academics in the fall, and a newfound sense of pride in my professional development skills. I am very…