From Pine Richland High School to Pitt Business
with Amanda Mroz ’19
Pitt was always my destination.
Both of my parents went to Pitt, and I told myself (like most teens), that I didn’t want to be like them and go to the same school. Thinking back, there’s an endless amount of pictures of us on vacation where my dad is wearing a Pitt t-shirt. He lives and breathes Pitt.
During my junior year of high school, my dad finally convinced me to visit Oakland, and when we did, I immediately felt at home. By choosing Pitt Business, I’m able to create my own unique and amazing experiences on my journey From the Classroom, To the City, To the World.
Pine Richland High prepared me for the college experience. I took AP courses and transferred fifteen of those credits into Pitt, which allowed me to explore more classes that I wouldn’t have been able to take with a busy schedule. These AP courses did more than just help my schedule. They prepared me for the rigorous coursework that comes with Pitt Business.
I loved being a part of the Color Guard in high school.
My Pine Richland High School senior yearbook picture. At this point, I was ready to graduate and move on to Pitt Business.
My Dad is a life-long Panther and wears a different Pitt shirt every day.
Welcome to Pitt!
A lot of my friends from Pine Richland also decided to attend Pitt, so it’s nice to see some familiar faces, while I learn many new ones!
The toughest adjustment for me was living on my own for the first time. Not only did I have to learn how to share space with my roommates, but also to cook on my own, do laundry, and become independent. I lived in the Pitt Business Living Learning Community, Bruce Hall, with five other Pitt Business students. It was exciting (and occasionally stressful), but I wouldn’t change that experience at all. My roommates (now friends) and I still take classes together, study together, and help each other reach our career goals.
There are a ton of majors at Pitt Business, so I decided to double major in Finance and Supply Chain Management.
Because Pitt Business has so many study abroad opportunities, I knew I would have a chance to expand my global and cultural mindset.
First, I participated in the Plus 3: Italy program! My favorite memory was staying in Milan with a gelato shop next door. The owner of the gelato shop would speak to us in Italian and we’d respond in English. Over the course of several days, we started teaching each other phrases in our native languages. By the end of our stay, he had printed us a sheet of common Italian phrases he thought were crucial in traveling through Italy.
During my second year at Pitt Business, I knew I had to start thinking about my career, and get an internship. This meant having to write a resume, buy a suit, and prepare for interviews. After a lot searching and interviewing, I landed an internship with ALDI.
Then things got real.
During my 10 weeks at ALDI, I served as a district manager. In this role, I had the opportunity to interact with many aspects of their business. Some days consisted entirely of accounting and supply chain management, while other days I was actively working in marketing, finance, and human resources. This internship exposed me to business on a very holistic level. I discovered that I especially enjoyed accounting and finance tasks the most, such as auditing and forecasting.
My Future is at PNC
My internship with PNC pushed me into the career path that I knew was right for me. As a part of their program, I spent the summer learning auditing and analytics, while getting a first-hand look at what it’s like to work for a large corporation.
This summer internship led to a full-time offer with PNC! After graduation, I’ll be joining their Leadership Development Program.
I’m starting my career in finance!