Next Stop, Augsburg!

Hi everyone! My name is Michelle Wang, and I am currently a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am majoring in Bioengineering while also being on the pre-med track. My hometown is Bucks County, PA (aka ~outside of Philly~). I have lived in the same place my entire life, and while I love my hometown, I also love being here in Pittsburgh, a city with so much to offer.

High School Graduation

When I am not studying or doing homework, I like to play the piano or clarinet, both of which I have been playing for years. I also enjoy swimming, watching TV, and exploring new restaurants. On campus, I am a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and the American Medical Student Association.

I have been fortunate enough to travel abroad many times in my life to Australia, China, and Greece, but I especially want to explore Europe more, and Germany has always been on my bucket list. I wanted to participate in the Plus 3 program because it is partly geared towards engineering students and relates to our majors and interests. In addition, it is an amazing opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and to meet new people. This program is perfect for me because it is relatively short compared to a semester abroad, so I will be able to get a taste of study abroad on this program.

Germany was my top choice because it is a leader of engineering, technology, and automobiles, and there is such rich history and culture in the country. From Beethoven and Bach to the famous art museum, Schaezlerpalais, there is a characteristic of perfection in German culture. Having the opportunity to visit companies will be amazing, especially because Germans place lots of importance on the quality of their products, so their products and companies are very successful. I have always wanted to know more about German history and culture, and I know that I will learn so much from this trip.

I am particularly excited to try all the delicious food and to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Disney’s Magic Kingdom. I am also excited to learn about business and automobiles, both of which I have had little exposure to. Learning about these topics from one of the leading countries in automobiles will definitely be an amazing experience. Business is closely related to engineering, so I am thrilled to have the chance to see the connections between the two and how companies intertwine them. It is often difficult to understand how the topics we learn in the classroom are applicable to the real world, but I am sure that I will get to see how it all comes together in Germany.

This trip will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I am going to be open to all opportunities and make the most of it. I intend to explore as much of Germany as I can to truly get a feel of the culture and lifestyle there. With all the new people that I meet on this program, I want to keep in touch with them for networking purposes, so one of my goals is to get to know as many people as I can. Additionally, I hope to challenge my way of thinking on this trip. Being exposed to other solutions and approaches to problems will benefit me as an engineer and as a problem solver.

I cannot believe that in three short weeks I will be in Germany. Hopefully these weeks pass by quickly- see you in Augsburg!

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