The Plus3 program was one of the first things I heard about when visiting the Pitt Business School. I remember sitting in Sennott 2400 with my mom and many other students and telling my Mom I wanted to go to Germany. It seemed like it would not be possible, because so many people talk about how complicated study abroad can be. I applied anyway and was ecstatic when I found out I was accepted. Fast-forward a couple of months and I began the Pitt night class that was the beginning of this adventure.
I enjoyed learning about Germany before visiting, but did not have the chance to get to know a lot of the other students. However, this did not take long because once we were all at out first dinner together I knew I was going with an amazing group of people. Every new day I got closer with someone else and learned something new.
The most valuable thing I will take from this trip is being open-minded and adapting to every situation. Being open minded allowed me to experience things I otherwise never would have had the chance to. I also realized that I cannot control every situation, so working with other people on the trip and taking every new challenge head on was the best way to experience this trip.
Every day during these two weeks was different and exciting. I am so grateful we got to experience so many different cities and aspects of the German culture. Munich and Ulm were my two favorite cities and I hope I can go back one day. Dachau was also one of the most noteworthy parts of the trip because of how important it is to learn about the harder times in history.
This was the perfect first study abroad trip I could imagine. It is crazy to me that I can say I have friends back in Germany. All of the German students were so welcoming and fun to do work and hang out with. I love that I can keep in touch with them through Instagram and What’s App. I am also excited for the Master students to begin their semester at Pitt, so we can take them around our own city.
After spending two weeks with the same people it was so strange not having them around all the time when I got home. I cannot wait to see everyone back in Pittsburgh in August and think back to the most amazing end to my first year at the University of Pittsburgh.
I have had a picture hung in my dorm from my Mom that reads, “You must take adventures to know where you belong,” on a map of the world. I have looked at that every day for 8 months and I truly believe traveling the world is one the best experiences one can take and I cannot wait to start planning my next trip!
Favorite Pictures from my Trip!