Plus3 Germany, I love you.

I hate goodbyes. More than I hate waking up early in the morning, which is a lot. Usually I don’t do them, I literally just walk away because I refuse to accept a terminal interaction with someone, but I’ve been changed so much by this program and all the people part of it, that I…

Day 13: Austria!

We were allowed to go wherever we wanted on the last day of the trip. So, a group of ten of us decided to go to Salzburg, Austria! I know what y’all are probably thinking: Ravi probably slept in on his free day. Wrong! We were out of the hotel by 6:45! I had to…

Day 12: Disney?

With the stress of presentations finally over, we were able to fully enjoy a day in German culture and architectural marvel. We hopped on the bus, and like usual, I considered the travel part of our journey the time when I would get my final cycle of sleep. I was promptly woken up when we…

Germany, I’ll Be Bach!

I cannot believe it has already been two weeks since the end of Plus3 Germany! It is difficult to summarize the entire trip in one blog, but I am going to try my best. The Plus3 program was definitely one of the best two weeks of my life. I learned so much, met so many…

Reflection Blog – A Trip I’ll Never Forget

Looking back at the two weeks I spent in Germany, I couldn’t be any happier with how it went. The company visits were amazing. From seeing molten metal being molded into different components at Hirschvogel, a completely electronic assembly line complete with robot helpers at Continental, and cars being assembled in front of us at…

Augsburg: Two weeks in review

When I first heard about Plus3, I was interested, but a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to get out of a program that was only two weeks long. I decided to go for it anyways, since it might give me insight into what it might be like to…

Tag dreizehn: Machinery and the Munich Space Needle

May 17th I was excited but also sad that it was finally Friday. It meant the free day was here, but also that my time in Germany was almost up. I got up relatively early so I could get on a train to Munich with Justin. We just sat down when heard a bunch of…

Tag zwölf: Weißwurst and views

May 16th This morning I had a light breakfast, to save room for our traditional Bavarian breakfast we were having later. We hopped on the bus and got off at what seemed like a barn in a little village. We had traditional weißwurst with pretzels and mustard. Luckily, I already knew how to eat weißwurst…

Reflection of the Germany Journey

During high school, I never would have thought that I would be doing a study abroad during my freshman year of college. I had never truly traveled outside of the country before this trip and, even though I wanted to, was nervous to go far abroad. So when I learned of the Plus3 trip, I…

Day 13: Adventure to Austria

Today was our last full day abroad. So some of us decided to spend the day by experiencing another country. We chose to go to Salzburg, a city in Austria. For us to do this, we needed to wake up very early and get on a train to Munich, then get on another train that…

Day 13: A Few of My Favorite (Salzburg) Things

Today was our free day, and unfortunately it was also our last full day in Germany. Ten of us decided to travel to Salzburg, Austria. I wanted to spend my free day there because I had seen many beautiful pictures of Salzburg, and I was also excited because Salzburg is home to both Mozart and…

Day 12: Picture-Perfect Neuschwanstein Castle

After the big presentations yesterday, everyone was feeling relaxed today. To begin the day, we went on a short bus ride to get a typical Bavarian breakfast at Baindlkirch. It seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere with the open fields and great views all around the building. Inside were many people already…

Parting Words: Personal Growth

Wow. What an incredible experience I just underwent over the past two weeks visiting a jump-started foreign country full of unique cultural and technological attributes throughout society and life. Having had some time to process, it is time for me to share my personal thoughts on various aspects of South Korea and the trip that…

One Last Goodbye to Korea

After 2 weeks in a completely different culture I was able to learn several things through our cultural visits and company visits. Through discussions with these companies and the lectures, I was able to get a keen insight to my profession. Whatever country you are in, companies will always have ethical issues to deal with….

May 17th – Car Paradise

Day 13: I apologize in advance for all of the car photos. There were amazing ones that I had to include, and so many more amazing ones that there wasn’t room for. The day started early as Frank and I needed to catch our train to Stuttgart at 7:05am. It was a little stressful trying…

Final Reflection on South Korea

This two-week trip to South Korea was an extraordinary whirlwind. From the beginning we were surrounded by extensive history, exciting technology, and a culture so different from our own. While our scheduled activities were separated into cultural and company visits, the values of the Korean people developed over centuries of trials and resiliency was inevitably…

Goodbye South Korea

Throughout my time in Korea, my outlook on my future has changed. Before I left, I thought that this trip would merely let me see something new and try different things. However, I’ve discovered that this was just a taste of a future I want to have. I want to go out into the world…

Reflecting On My Time in China

I’ve been back in the States and started my new job and I still can’t believe I was just in China only two weeks ago. It feels like a completely different life from now. I really went into this trip knowing if I had expectations based on stereotypes of China from the American media I…

Final Summary

As a result of this study abroad experience to South Korea, I have gained not only cultural experience, but also professional experience. We were able to witness different workplace environments and also work with students with different backgrounds. Samsung Biologics was the company that had the most similarities to my profession of bioengineering, so I…

Day 12: Gardens and Goodbyes

Our final day was spent in the morning at the Yu garden. The Yu garden was built by a son to please his parents and if I were his mom I would be very happy. It is absolutely a gorgeous place. I am just going to have to let the pictures speak for themselves on…