What a trip it was. Truly the experience of a lifetime.
I came into this program kind of worried. The only people that I knew were the ones from my Pittsburgh presentation group, and even them I didn’t know all that well. I’m not the most talkative person either, so I didn’t know how things would go. By the end of the trip, though, I was insanely close with just about everyone on the trip. It was to the point that I was nearly crying saying goodbye to everyone in the airport. It’s pretty amazing what 2 weeks stuck together will do to a group of people.
Coming into the trip, I was also a little worried about the cost. $5000 is a lot of money and that didn’t even include spending money. Thankfully, I applied for a scholarship for Plus3 and got one! It really helped with the cost and allowed me to bring some more spending money which then allowed me to create more memories and buy more mementos from my trip. After experiencing this trip I would say that you get above and beyond your money’s worth. If you were to add up the cost of everything we did, you would surpass the cost of the trip by a landslide. Definitely worth it.
While abroad, we accomplished quite a bit. Everywhere from site visits to city tours to even hiking mountains and traveling to Austria and I enjoyed every bit of it. I especially liked visiting the city of Regensburg and taking the gondola ride to the top of the mountain in Oberammergau as well as the Continental site visit where we got to dress in lab coats. Although some of the days were long and my feet hurt quite a bit, I wouldn’t have changed any of it. The people, the experiences, the places, all of it; absolutely unforgettable.
There’s only so much that you can learn from a textbook, but actually being in Germany I learned so much. While I was there, I noticed how different Germany was from the US. They have so much more history in every town than anywhere I’ve ever been in the US. So much culture wrapped up into every community. Some of the smaller things that I learned were things like water’s not free and that using cash is so much more common than using a card, and that the coins are actually useful because some of them are worth 1 or 2 Euros. Nothing like the US. It was amazing to learn all about Germany first hand. I even took German for 3 years in high school and I feel like I learned more in the two weeks that I was there than the 3 years that I took German.
This trip was the perfect snapshot of a study abroad experience. Ever since I started looking into college, I knew that I wanted to study abroad and Plus3 gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out. After experiencing this trip in Germany, I 100% will be studying abroad again in the next few years. I’ve been looking into either an accounting program in London or a business information system program in Sydney to focus on one of my 2 majors.
Overall, this trip was much much more than I could have ever expected. I learned so much about the automobile industry and Germany in general. It gave me so many more great friends and great experiences that will last a lifetime. I truly could not have asked for anything more in a trip, and I’ll tell anyone who will listen how amazing it was.
It’s been great telling all of you about my time in Germany and all the things I’ve done and learned while there. Unfortunately, this is where we part ways. I’ve had fun blogging for you guys and thanks for reading. Until my next study abroad experience!