That’s All She Wrote – Plus3 Germany Reflection

And just like that, we’re back home. It’s crazy how fast time goes by. For starters, we all made it back home thankfully, but we had the farthest thing from a seamless experience at the German airport, I don’t think they like Americans very much. I’ve never gotten pat-down and searched in my life but…

Sightseeing in Salzburg – Day 12

Last full day in Germany, so so sad :(. We started off our day early getting lovely covid tests and thankfully they came back negative. Those 15 minutes after the lady tickled my brain was very nerve-wracking but we ended with a celebratory Starbucks trip before we headed back to the hotel for breakfast. We…

Doomsday and the Last Supper (not really) – Day 11

It’s finally here, the main deliverable of this entire trip. It was kind of rough sleeping last night, not because I didn’t have faith in my group, but always have really bad nerves right before a big presentation. Especially because I have never given a 25-minute presentation before. My group had breakfast early in the…

The Most Beautiful Unfinished Castle Ever – Day 10

Today was the last official tourist day of the program :(. It’s starting to become a reality that we will actually have to go back home soon. Nonetheless, I was excited for another fun-filled day. We hopped on the bus for the last time and headed over to the castle. When we arrived, we had…

City Tour or Cardio? – Day 9

Week two in Germany! The time is flying by, it’s so crazy. It feels like we were just on the flight to Germany. Today we headed back to the train station, which was a convenient walk about 10-15 minutes from the hotel, depending on how fast you walk. ( A solid 8 minutes for me…

Never Again. – Day 8

Today’s adventure was a little more of a sorrowful one but nonetheless very important to the history of Germany, and something that cannot be swept under the rug. We got our bus back today and headed over to Dachau, one of Hitler’s concentration camps. I was actually looking forward to this day, you always learn…

My Favorite Hobby…Shopping! – Day 7

Welcome to Munich! We took the train for the first time to Munich and it was surprisingly easy. The first thing on the list for me today was to buy a pair of sunglasses, I forgot mine at home and the weather has been beautiful all of this week. Soph and I ended up actually…

GROB! – Day 6

Guten Morgen! Our last early morning and company visit and I think we were all a little glad because the long days and jet lag were starting to take a toll on us. Today we visited GROB Werke, another automobile manufacturing company. GROB’s headquarters were huge, they had so many buildings and plants, and all…

Eating Breakfast like a True German – Day 5

Hallo! We started today with a much later start at 8 am which was a really nice change from our 6:50 role call yesterday. We also got to sleep in longer because we were skipping breakfast to have our Weisswurst breakfast. We traveled to this small little restaurant/shop in the countryside that looked like it…

2 in 1? – Day 4

Now I thought yesterday was early but the start time does in fact get earlier. Today we met at 6:50, and when I woke up at 5:45, I actually heard the birds chirping for the first time in months, it was that early. But nonetheless, I was really excited about the day, especially the BMW…

Snow in May? – Day 3

A bright and early start morning at 7:10 am today. Today started our company visits, with the first being Hoerbiger. I was excited to see what we would get to learn and see at the company, I have never really been on a company tour before. We first went to the valve factory where they…

X Marks the Spot! – Day 2

After a long night of well-needed rest, I began my first official full day in Germany. To start the day we hopped on the tram for the first time (Port Authority take notes) and headed over to the University of Augsburg. Honestly, I’m not sure what I expected but the university was so beautiful. The…

JFK->PIT->CLT->JFK->MUC – Day 1

The time between my first blog post and the start of the program flew by, and here we are now in Germany. I must say though, the journey was not easy at all, with an unexpected diversion to JFK two hours into our flight to Munich. It was frustrating at first but we all just…

Study Abroad at Pitt – Round 2

Hi! Or should I say, Guten Tag! My name is Sydney Sparks and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration here at Pitt. I intend on majoring in Finance and possibly Business Information Systems or Data Analytics. I am from Long Island, New York, which is about 7 and a half hours…