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…

A Summary

These past two weeks have been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so thankful for being able to participate in this program.  I have learned so much about China and its culture, history, and some of the businesses that are helping China evolve into one of if not the largest economy in the…

Thank You Augsburg

Our final blog is supposed to be a reflection on the past two weeks in Germany, but there is no possible way to put all the amazing things I saw and experienced into one blog. To start I want to say my favorite parts of the whole trip  Favorite company visit – It was a…

Day 13 – Augsburg to Austria

May 17th, 2019 Sad to say it but today is the last day of Plus3 Germany. After two amazing weeks, many city visits, and all the memories we would end our trip with a visit to Salzburg, Austria We were out the door of the hotel by 6:50 am on our way to the train…

Plus3 Germany 2019: It Really Was the Best Two Weeks of my Life

May 24th, 2019 Tough blog today. One week ago at this time, Lucas and I would be finishing up at the Porsche Museum and getting ready to head over to Mercedes on the S-Bahn in Stuttgart. Three weeks ago I would be arriving at Pitt for our overnight stay at Nordenberg Hall. It would be…

First Day in a Beach City

TUESDAY MAY 14TH This morning we drove from Ulsan to Hyundai Motor Company, which is on the way to our final city destination: Busan. I was extremely excited about this visit as I am a mechanical engineer, and I have always been curious to if I should pursue a career in the automobile industry since…

Catch you later China!

Today when I woke up, I already knew that I didn’t want to leave. Although we had the full day ahead of us since our flight wasn’t until midnight, I felt sad that I had to leave this amazing country so soon. Although we weren’t leaving until that night we still had a packed day…

Hard to Say Goodbye

Last day sadness set in very quick. But it was an eventful day, so my mind was somewhat distracted from the fact that we were leaving that night. After our last 5-star hotel breakfast buffet, we headed to the Yu Garden. The garden was first built in 1577 during the Ming dynasty by Pan Yunduan…

Day 12 – New Swan Stone Castle

May 16th, 2019 Day 12 marks the last day that all 20 of us would spend the day together until departure on Saturday! It’s sad to think that the trip is so close to over and we’d be flying home so soon! 🙁 Today we had multiple destinations to visit and many things to see….

Almost time to say “Sea you later China!”

Today was our last full day in Shanghai and China, and I wasn’t ready to leave so soon. Today we set off to visit the Port of Shanghai which is the largest port in the world by amount of containers processed by the port. On our way there, we had a Pitt alum who had…

Free Day In Stuttgart, a.k.a. HEAVEN!! (Day 14)

May 17th, 2019 WARNING: LOTS OF CAR PICTURES!! Today was our free day. We could do as we pleased; we just had to be back at the hotel and checked in by 10:00 that night. One group was going to Munich, another to Salzburg in Austria, and Lucas and I were heading to Stuttgart. Why,…

Hard to contain(er) my excitement

We had a 2-hour bus ride to our first site and we were joined by a Pitt alum who shared her experiences on living in China. She previously participated in the Pitt China study abroad program while studying political science and minoring in Chinese. After her intensive Chinese study, she worked for the commerce department…

AmCham with the Fam

The first visit of the day was to AmCham, which is short for the American Chamber of Commerce located in the same building that we saw the Shanghai Acrobatics Show the night before. The purpose of AmCham is to make international business and trade with China easier for the United States and its largest headquarters…

AmCham, Paparazzi, and Innovation make for a not so Horiba day

Our first company visit in Shanghai was the American Chamber of Commerce. The organization is non-profit and considers themselves the “Voice of American Business” in China. With 3,000 members and 1,500 companies, they are considered the largest American chamber in the Asia pacific. They are a separate entity from other chambers of commerce however. The…

Day 11- Presentation Day

May 14th, 2019 Presentation day is finally here! After all the preparation it was finally time to get the presentations over with! Our group scheduled to meet at 10 am at the university to practice. Me, Nick, Brett, and Frank left for the tram around 9:15. When we got on it was packed! After about…

Day 9 – Carbon Fiber Fun!

May 13th, 2019 Final site visit today! Can’t believe the final presentations are two days away and our trip is almost over 🙁 After having two casual days, I was NOT excited to dress business casual again. SGL wasn’t far luckily and after this we just had group project work! SGL is a carbon fiber…

The Views Were Incredible at Neuschwanstein (Day 13)

May 16th, 2019 Today was our last visit as part of the program. We were on the schedule to eat a traditional Bavarian breakfast on our way to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. I had heard plenty of times about the castle and seen it in many places, including on a Disney World ride, but today I…

The Big Day: Time for Presentations! (Day 12)

May 15th, 2019 Today was the day of our presentations (that are worth 25% of our final grade)! We still had some things to polish up on the presentation, so I got up early to make sure everything was in order. I had a quick breakfast with my team, and we left the hotel for…

I Thought Those Ten Miles in Munich Were Bad… (Day 11)

May 14th, 2019 Today we made a trip to Ulm to climb the Münster Cathedral and tour the city. We had breakfast at the hotel before departing around 7:45 for the train station. We caught the ICE to Ulm, which was super awesome. I have been in planes before, but I have never traveled so…