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…

Reflecting on Germany

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…

Day 13: Exploring Salzburg

The free day was finally upon us. This day was bittersweet because we had the chance to go off by ourself, but it was also the final day of our trip. 10 of decided to leave Germany for the day and go to Salzburg, Austria. I was especially excited to have the chance to see…

Day 12: Cinderella’s Castle

After a long day of presentations, we had packed day planned for our whole group. We started of by going to a traditional Bavarian breakfast. I remember Arielle talking about it during one of the classes in Pittsburgh so I was pretty excited to finally go. We walked into a large room that was filled…

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…

Salzburg Send-off

May 17th: As our only free day and last day of the trip, our group decided to have a proper send-off by taking a trip somewhere not in Germany, but rather across the border to Salzburg, Austria. Today I decided to spend my free day in Salzburg, Austria. Although I originally was committed to going…

Castles, Churches, and Cows

May 16th: White sausages, beautiful churches, a real-life Cinderella’s Castle….Germany is just pulling out all the stops. Today we started out with a breakfast that was a little bit different than the hotel’s usual Nutella and croissants. We had our breakfast today at a restaurant called Baindlkirch, which was, as we were informed, a “traditional…

Presentations Means Farewell Faurecia

May 15th: With our company visits all wrapping up to end with our presentations, the long day finished with a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Since presentations did not start until 1, being ready by 9:30 today was actually one of the longest I was able to sleep in. Despite this, I was still…

Climbed to the Heavens, Feels like Hell

May 14th: With approximately 660 steps (1,320 if you count going down) to start our day, we finished off one of the last city tours in Ulm, which was the most tiring day, to say the least. Today we would be visiting the city of Ulm, which was actually not in Bavaria, the state where…

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…

A Final Reflection

Looking back at my two weeks in South Korea, I have started to realize just how much I have learned. Between the company visits, university lectures, and cultural experiences, it’s clear that I have had a once in a lifetime opportunity studying abroad. Perhaps more important than the memories I have made or the classroom…

Day 15: The Longest Day

May 18, 2019 Remember during my first daily when essentially skipped a day on the calendar because of the time zones? Yeah, that thirteen-hour difference really jumped us into the future. Well today, we made up for that with what can only be described physically and mentally as the longest day of my life. If…

Day 14: Beach Day

May 17, 2019 Our last day in South Korea was ours to spend however we like. On our way to the city, I once overheard a local refer to Busan as the Korean version of Miami, and that meant only one thing: we had to go to the beach. There really was no other option,…

Day 13: The Diplomat’s Perspective

May 16, 2019 We got to sleep in a little bit this morning. I always appreciate the opportunity to get in those extra few minutes. By ten o’clock though, we were off and headed to our first site of the day: the United States Consulate of Busan. Though it wasn’t initially in the itinerary, this…

Day 12: Busan, the City and the Sea

May 15, 2019 Our first day full day in Busan was an eventful one. A quick bus ride downtown led us to our the first of two company visits: Trainor. Specializing in engineering and technician safety, Trainor works with companies across the country to certify professionals. We spoke with the leader of their Busan operation,…

Day 11: Hyundai Motor Tour

May 14, 2019 We left the hotel relatively early this morning to get on the road. Our short time in Ulsan was done, and we were headed for our final city, Busan. Outside of travel, we only had one thing on the docket today: a tour of the Hyundai Motor Tour. Just inside the city,…

Day 10: Day Trip to Ulsan

May 13, 2019 I’m definitely going to have to get some more sleep these next few nights if I plan on staying awake throughout the entire day. We had to be ready to go by 7:30 this morning, and that meant falling asleep the second we got on the bus. Thankfully, the ride was a…

Day 9: The Buddhist Temples

May 12, 2019 Don’t get me wrong. The university and company visits are cool. It’s been really interesting learning about the different ways in which Korean companies manufacture and market their products. But they just don’t compare to the awesome things we see and experience on our cultural visits. After our day off yesterday, I…