Homecoming

Travelling back to the US was a marathon. It started with the fact that we couldn’t fly home from Busan, we needed to leave out of the airport in Seoul. So we woke up at 6 AM and started with a 5 hour drive to Seoul. That being said, the drive was nice, mostly because…

The Best Beach Day

Our last full day in Korea was a beach day! After sleeping in for the first time in about two weeks, a group of us took a cab down to Haeunde Beach. We were dropped off on a stretch of beach walked past an extremely impressive lineup of sandcastles (although it was more like sand…

Trainor and Container

On Wednesday we went to Trainor, a Norwegian company that specializes in electrical safety training. The head of the Korean branch of operations was a man from Sweden who had been living in Korea for multiple years. He had some interesting perspectives on what it’s like to be a foreign boss managing Korean employees. He…

Thoughts On Octopus

On Tuesday we went to Hyundai Motor Company. Of all our tours, our tour of Hyundai’s factory was perhaps the most interesting and in depth tour of the actual operations.  Manufacturing of the cars is split into four parts: stamping, welding, assembling, and painting. When we got into the factory, we travelled above the factory…

Concluding my Korean Adventure

The past two weeks in South Korea have been an eye-opening experience that I am certain I will never forget. The Plus3 program enabled me to act beyond my comfort zone and fully immerse myself in a culture that is not my own. The range of activities we participated on the trip assisted me in…

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…

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,…

May 18: Reflecting in Dallas

Today we woke up bright and early to check out of our hotel in Busan and drive to the Incheon International Airport outside of Seoul. The drive took about six hours, including the two stops we made at rest areas in the country. At the rest stop, we indulged in one last Korean dish before…

May 17: Summer Sun in Haeundae

Today is the last day of our Plus3 agenda. During the day itself, we were given unstructured free time to explore the city of Busan. In the morning, my friends and I woke up early to take a taxi to Haeundae Beach. There we spent the day soaking up the sun and swimming. This was…

May 16: Engineering Extravaganza

Today was the last of our site visits before Plus 3 comes to a close. Our last site visit was the United States Consulate in Busan. This consulate is the smallest in comparison to any other countries, as there is only one United States Ambassador working there. It was nice to see someone who was…

May 15: Ship to Shore Transport Made Easy

Today, we visited two companies in Busan. Our first site visit was at Trainor Korea. This company specializes in safety, offering certificates to various employees or companies to confirm the training in electrical safety. The speaker gave us a talk about the importance of electrical safety. According to the statistics he showed us, nearly 98%…

May 14: New Thinking, New Possibilities

We started off the day by visiting only one company, Hyundai Motor Company. As I am sure you know, Hyundai is automotive manufacturer with its largest plant in Ulsan. This plant is responsible for making a variety of Hyundai models, including their hybrid cars, SUVs, and Genesis luxury cars. We were able to see many…

May 13: Ulsan

From Gyeongju, we traveled to the city Ulsan to visit two companies: Jinsan Marine Management Company Ltd. and Hyundai Heavy Industries. The President of Jinsan Marine Management greeted us as we exited the bus and then led us to the conference room where we met a few of his staff members. The employees at Jinsan…

Automobiles and Octopi

On Tuesday we went to Hyundai Motor Company. Of all our tours, our tour of Hyundai’s factory was perhaps the most interesting and in depth tour of the actual operations.  Manufacturing of the cars is split into four parts: stamping, welding, assembling, and painting. When we got into the factory, we travelled above the factory…

Updates on Ulsan

On Monday we travelled to Ulsan, which is kinda like the Cleveland of Korea. There’s not that much in Ulsan except industry, and our primary purpose in visiting was seeing the two companies we visited in the morning. The first company was Jinsan Marine Management, which is a shipping company delivering spare boat parts around…

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…

Cars are Made of That? (Day 10)

May 13th, 2019 Our itinerary for today included a morning visit to SGL, a manufacturer of carbon fiber components of automobiles. I knew prior to our trip that many nice cars were made from carbon fiber components, but I was still excited to witness the production process to see how it all comes together to…

Touring a Tomb

Being in Gyeongju was an interesting transition from being in Seoul. While Seoul is the heart of modern Korea, a symbol of technology and innovation, Gyeongju was the heart of ancient Korea, and the site of many important historic landmarks. Having seen both, I feel like I have a deeper understanding of Korea, both what…