Final Thoughts and Reflection

My time abroad in Germany through the Plus 3 program has been absolutely amazing.  Whenever anybody asks me how my trip was, I simply respond with “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”  I say that with the truest sincerity.  While I have traveled extensively, I had never been to Germany and have never had as great of an experience as I had during this program.  Prior to the trip, I didn’t really know a single other person in the group.  However, over the course of 2 weeks, I made so many new friends that I cannot wait to hang out with again back at Pitt in the fall.  I never thought our group would become as close as we did in such a short amount of time.  In addition to gaining new friends from the University of Pittsburgh, I was also able to meet so many of the German students that I now call my friends.  I want to give a special thank you to Steffie, Sandra, Melanie, Jan, Felix, Marius, and many more for really making me feel welcome during my stay and helping me have the time of my life.  I also want to thank Dr. Feick, Arielle, Sonja, and Simon for all of their work and organization during the study abroad.

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The time spent abroad was a fantastic learning experience.  I learned so much about German history and culture through our city tours and interactions with different people.  I was also able to gain valuable knowledge about the business practices of extremely successful companies, as well as learn a great deal about economics and technology on the global scale.  The balance between sight-seeing, cultural visits, and school work was perfect,  creating a diverse and interesting time abroad. I am excited to take everything  I learned abroad and apply it moving forward in the future.  The time really flew by and I wish we had at least another 2 weeks in Germany.

At this time I would also like to thank the donors who contribute to the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship.  Receiving this award made the trip much more affordable and helped provide me with life-changing experiences that I will remember for the rest of my life.  Plus 3 has provided me with such a fantastic experience and has inspired me to study abroad again in the future.  I look forward to my future endeavors across the globe and will never forget the amazing learning experience Plus 3 has provided me.

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