Day 1: The Great Wall

Today was out first full day in China! After 14 hours in the air, we finally arrived in Beijing. The jet lag had gotten to me the night before, so I started today bright and early. Kieran and I had breakfast at the hotel, and it was surprisingly good. The spread consisted of both Chinese…

Pre-Departure Individual Report

My International experience to date is: Currently, my international experience is quite limited. My only international trip was a vacation to Toronto, Canada when I was 12 years old. But, nevertheless, I am quite optimistic and excited about going to China. I think that, because I’m going with a large group led by experienced travelers,…

Reflection (not the Mulan Song)

I can confidently say after this trip that the two weeks I spent in China was the best time i’ve had traveling. This trip encompassed a perfect balance of education, culture and pleasure. I didn’t really know what to expect from China, however I learned a lot about the country, its economy and it’s people….

Last Day

Today I woke up knowing that it was my last full day in China for this trip. I wasn’t sad or happy, but rather content. I had done and seen so much in China that I felt very satisfied. I also made a lot of great friends, including our Program coordinators: William and Orange. For…

TE Connectivity and DuPont

Today we went on our last company visits at TE Connectivity and Dupont. Before today I had no prior knowledge of either of these companies. We started the day at TE Connectivity which was about an hour away from the hotel. When we arrived we walked through the offices into a conference room where we…

Port of Shanghai

Today I had a little bit of a hectic morning. Not knowing if we had to dress formally for our visit today, I ran to and from my room from breakfast to switch between regular and formal close three times. In the end it turned out that we could just wear whatever we wanted. After…

Donghua University visit

Today we spent our second day in Shanghai at Donghua University. Donghua University was founded in 1951 and is known for their technological and scientific research. We began our day there with a lecture from one of their professors. This lecture was held in an international students academic building. I definitely noticed a large diversity…

Shanghai

Today we began the last leg of our journey by traveling to the great city of Shanghai. We took another high speed train that took about six hours. We got to our fancy four star hotel at around 3:30 pm and rolled out for the Shanghai history museum around 4:30. Just from the drive to…

Out with a Bang

Today was our last day in Xi’an. We began the day by visiting “the 8th wonder of the world”: the Terracotta Warriors. Although most people might not know what they are by their name, the Terracotta Warriors are very famous and have been featured in several American and Chinese made films. The Terracotta Warriors are…

FTK – For The Kids

China has yet to disappoint. Today we began the day very differently with a service trip. We visited The Children’s Village, which is a government funded school for Chinese children whose parents aren’t around either because they are in prison or because they abandoned their child. We took a tour around the village and saw…

On to Xi’an

Today was our moving day. I woke up at 5am to pack my bags to leave Beijing for Xi’an. As I was packing I noticed I didn’t have my wallet and after searching until we had to leave, I decided to take the loss. I only lost cash so I wasn’t too upset. For the…

Beijing History

Today we took a trip back in time by visiting the beautiful historic sites in Beijing. We began the day at Tiananmen square, which was only five minutes away from our hotel. This is where the the center of the Chinese government is located. It’s the equivalent of Washington DC and it is where Chairman…

Cheetah Mobile / Microsoft

On the itinerary for today, we have two site visits to Cheetah Mobile and to Microsoft. As we were driving to Cheetah Mobile, our first visit, I did not know what to expect. However, from the moment we got off the bus I was intrigued and in awe. The company building was absolutely beautiful. There…

CUFE

Today I woke up at 5:45am, which was a lot earlier than what I had expected. My alarm was set for 8am so I obviously am still feeling the effects of the jet lag. I utilized my extra time in the day by grabbing breakfast at the hotel, which was a smart move since we…

The Great Wall

Today, I started off my first full day in China by naturally waking up at 7am due to some jet lag. Waking up early is not my forte so this was a new experience for me. The class began the day by meeting in a team room in the hotel where we were given an…

Individual Report

To date I have had one study abroad experience. During the summer going into my senior year of high school, I got the opportunity to travel to Romania with my close friends. I traveled with Olympic, a wrestling club from New Jersey, to Bucharest, Romania where we stayed for ten days. In Romania we explored…

Augsburg, Apfelsaft, und Danke Schön | Reflection

A Reflection The Plus3 Germany Program was the prefect opportunity for me to continue my academic pursuits and gain international exposure, early in my college careers. The Germany location provided me the ability to tour several automotive manufacturing factories, and attain insight into the engineering industry and international business. I was able to not only learn,…

Until Next Time… | Freitag

05.19.17 Time flies and this trip zoomed by before I could even blink. Today is our last day in Germany and I had no big plans. I spent my final day in Augsburg, exploring the parts I had yet to discover. We started in at the Zoo and saw all sorts of animals: orangutans, elephants,…

Muenster | Donnerstag

05.18.17 I got up today and stretched out my legs. 768. 768 steps. We took a streetcar to Augsburg Hbf and then the train to Ulm. Ulm looked very similar to Munich, just not as congested with people. The walk from the Ulm train station was short and soon we were face-to-face with the Muenster….

Hirschvogel | Mittwoch

05.17.17 After several intriguing company visits and breathtaking visits around southern Germany, the day finally came to deliver our final Company Analysis Presentation to the combined Pittsburgh and Augsburg group. With the University of Augsburg students in the middle of their semester, scheduling a meeting time to begin working on the presentation turned out to…