My name is Josh Young, and I am a freshman student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. I graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA, which is about 20-30 minutes west of the state capital, Harrisburg. I have taken several introductory engineering, mathematics, and science classes during my first year at Pitt, and I have decided to pursue a major in chemical engineering. Chemistry has always been an interest of mine, and in May of 2017, I decided to change my intended major from accounting to chemical engineering. So far, this decision has paid off well for me.
At Pitt, I am a part of the Pitt Band, and I can be seen performing at football and basketball games as well as in the symphonic band. I have also joined Cornerstone Campus Ministries, held at Bellefield Presbyterian Church. My interests include playing card games, watching sports, and relaxing in my dorm. I am an avid fan of the New York Giants and the New York Mets, so you will often find me tracking the scores of different sporting events to keep tabs on my teams and their rivals.
I decided to apply to Plus3 Germany because I have never been to Europe. I also like the idea of visiting automobile manufacturers while abroad. None of the Plus3 topics were very tailored to chemical engineering, so I was able to choose a location simply based on what interested me, rather than choosing a location that would give me more insight into my major. I hope that this trip will broaden my horizons and allow me to learn how other cultures approach business and engineering. I also look forward to the sightseeing that we will be doing in Germany and the vastly superior public transportation system (compared with the United States).