May 20th – It’s Not Goodbye Yet, It’s Auf Wiedersehen For Now

Captain’s Log: Epilogue

It truly saddens me that we have finally reached the epilogue of this journey. Time really does fly when you’re having fun 😞

Let’s briefly touch on the events of today, so we can get to the reflection.

I woke up at about 5 AM, finished packing my stuff, and headed down to the lobby. Everyone was eating breakfast and such, but I didn’t really feel like eating any this morning.

Shortly after, we boarded the bus and Dr. Feick got on to say some words. And he really made it clear to us, how special of a group we were, I’m truly gonna miss this program 😔

He got off the bus, and we all said goodbye to him as we rode off to the airport with Steph. Once at the airport, the protocol is pretty much the same, check in, tsa, gate, flight. This time, unlike before, there was no setbacks, in fact it was pretty much smooth for the whole trip from Munich to North Carolina. Then the trip from North Carolina to Pittsburgh was pretty smooth, and then seeing Pittsburgh through the window made me feel good inside, to be home where the family is.

Upon greeting my family, I was overjoyed to see them, and head home! And then once I made it home, I was welcomed with a surprise! I didn’t want anything fancy for my birthday, but my family really went above and beyond this time!

They got me a plane cake!! And they followed
my blog style by calling me Captain!!

I have to say, I really loved this surprise, this was an excellent way to end the day!

Alrighty now let’s carry on with the reflection.

These last 2 weeks have been some of the most eventful and absolutely exceptional days I have ever experienced. Everyday I was on my feet and always doing or seeing something new and amazing. I’m lost for words at how grateful I am that I was moved from the waitlist, and actually given a spot to do Plus3, and specifically Germany, the original country of the Plus3 program!

Words cannot describe how much this program meant to me. I can say however, all in all, Plus3 was definitely one of the best decisions I ever made. I value all the lessons I’ve learned including both the academic ones in the engineering field and the life ones relating to living abroad. I also value all of the relationships I have built with the other Plus3 students and coordinators, as I am sure that I left Germany with more friends than I entered. If any of you are reading this, I will miss you, even if we didn’t speak much, we shared the experience. 😉 And please keep in touch! We are family after all, in Dr. Feick’s words 😄. I know this experience will open a ton of doors for me in the future, and I will always be thrilled to share my stories!

So I want to say thank you to Dr. Feick, Stephanie Spirk, Korbinian Knoll, Maxi, Rick Moslen, and anyone else who was involved in making this fantastic program operate. I truly loved every part of it, and I’m excited to see what the future of study abroad and engineering holds for me now that I got this sample experience.

Without further ado, I want to thank you, the readers for being here to read about the wild and amazing journey I, no we, have been on. I can’t wait to share more with you, and get further into detail if we meet in person, and have time to chat!

This is your captain, Oday Abushaban, signing off 🥺😢 Welcome to Pittsburgh!

And of course,

Auf Wiedersehen!!!

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