Day 13: München and Relaxin

For our final day in Germany, we got a free day to do whatever we wanted to do. I decided to head back to Munich with 5 other people to see more of the city. Today was the first day I had to be independent and work my way around Germany without the help of…

May 12th – Dachau

Day 8: We woke up for 9:00am again for today’s visit, and after eating a quick breakfast boarded the bus to Dachau. The 45-minute ride went by quickly as I worked on Munich’s blog for most of the trip. When we arrived, we walked through the puddles of the gravel parking lot and into the…

Servus Deutschland! Wir sehen uns wieder.

The Plus3 Germany trip was everything I thought it would be and more. While I had previously been to Germany, I still learned so much about German culture, and the opportunity to use my German language skills and converse with native speakers was amazing. Not only do I feel like my German improved, but I…

Day 13: Weltstadt mit Herz

The last day of the trip was a free day, so I decided to meet up with my host family from my previous trip to Germany, since they live in Bavaria. After enjoying my time in Munich on Saturday, I suggested that we spend the day there. I wanted to spend as much time as…

Day 12: Living like Royalty

Neuschwanstein was picture perfect…on the outside. This morning we travelled to a German village to eat a traditional Bavarian breakfast of Weißwurst and Bavarian pretzels. Weißvurst’s are white sausage and are boiled in a big pot in one big link. To eat them, you need to cut them apart and then cut off the outer…

Day 11: Presentations and Goodbye

The big day is finally here! This morning, my group woke up early and met to run through our presentation a few times at the University of Augsburg. We met at 9:30AM, rehearsed our presentation until about 12:00PM and then went to lunch. We ate lunch together at the Mensa, and I ate a German…

Day 10: I lost count of the Steps

Only the brave are cut out for the Munster Church Tower ascent, and I am proud to say that I defeated the odds. In all seriousness, I am over-exaggerating the trek a little bit, it is manageable for everyone! This morning, we took the ICE train to the city of Ulm, which is the fastest…

Day 9: SGL

Day 9: SGL Finally, our last company visit! I have really enjoyed the company visits, but I am ready to take a breather from them. Today, SGL was extremely generous with our group, and we opened the visit with a company presentation by one of Dr. Feick’s connections, Mr. Tilo Hauke. Mr. Hauke studied abroad…

May 15 – Presentations and Schnitzel

Today was the day of presentations! I was happy to finally be done with our project and site visits so I could relax and enjoy the rest of my time in Germany. The presentations were scheduled to start at 1, so we had the whole morning to practice. My group headed to the university around…

Day 12: The Moon King’s Castle

Today we visited Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Bavaria by the Alps. On the way there that morning, we stopped at a local farm to try wiesswurst, a traditional German sausage. It was delicious. Editha and I ate 4 and a quarter sausages, more than anyone else there. On top of that, I also had apfelschorle…

Day 11: Presentations and Farewell

Today was presentation day. I was honestly glad to be done with the project so I could enjoy the rest of the week without worrying about working on it. I was really impressed with how our final presentation turned out, and everyone was very impressed with our appendix section. All the groups did really well…

Day 10: 768 Steps

Today we went to Ulm, which notably has the highest church tower in the world. Even though I don’t like heights, I had to climb the 768 steps to get the awesome view of the city.  The climb itself was a really cool experience. The entirety of the climb was done by very narrow spiral…

Day 9: Team Audi and SGL

This morning we toured SGL Carbon, a company that manufactures Carbon Fiber for the automotive industry. I was really impressed with this company because of the vast number of products they make. The produce different materials besides carbon fiber as well, such as graphine. The most fascinating thing about carbon fiber is how lightweight it…

Day 11: Final Presentations!

Finally! Today was the day that we all had been working towards for the past two weeks: presentation day. We were all meeting at one to begin presentations, so we were on our own the entire morning. I got up, ate breakfast, and met with my group at 10am at the University to do a…

Day 10: Münster or Monster?

The Münster is the tallest church tower in the world, and we climbed all 768 steps to the top! I personally thought that it was worse going up the tower than going down, though many felt that it was the other way around for them. After our physical exertion, we had a city tour of…

Day 9: Carbon and Chemistry

We had our last company visit today, and we had some free time in the afternoon to work on our final presentations. The last company was SGL, who produces carbon fiber materials. It was a rough morning for me, as I woke up later than I had planned to and then did not have time…

No Cars…Just Carbon

May 13th: With our last day for company visits, there was a lot of focus on finishing out the tours strong and also working on presentations for the day. Starting the day off with a draft pick to separate groups, we went into SGL Carbon taking a lighter note that we have other company tours….

Tag neun: SGL stands for “Such a Good Lunch”

May 13th Finally the day for my company tour! I had a few questions prepped and written down on my new Continental notepad, some coffee and a croissant, and I was ready to go. Luckily the bus ride wasn’t too long, and when we arrived we were able to look around the show room before…

Tag elf: Presentations and Schnitzel

May 15th The most important day has finally come! Today we present our company analyses to Dr. Feick, Arielle, Sonja, and the rest of the students. We had breakfast at the hotel, and after a bit of a delay, the SGL group was finally on the tram to the university. The german students in our…

Day 11: Audi Presentation

After two very long days of work, it was finally time to present on our specific company. Although I enjoyed working with the German students on the first presentation, it was clear that there were some barriers with our methods of work. A normal presentation in Germany varies greatly from what would be expected from…