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…

A Castle in the Woods | Dienstag

05.16.17 Today, we took the bus to Neuschwanstein Castle and hiked up the mountain for a gorgeous view. The castle was made for King Ludwig II, however most of the structure itself still remain incomplete. After a steep hike up we were given a shirt tour of the castle’s interior and saw the precise detail…

i8 Disappointed | Montag

05.15.17 For the first time I jumped out of bed on a Monday morning. Today was BMW day. The bus drove us to the outskirts of Munich, right in front of BMW World. This modern, enormous, and futuristic showroom was a car enthusiasts dream. While the program directors signed us in, I toured the showroom…

Each Step We Take | Sonntag

05.14.17 I didn’t shed tears, on the outside. The visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp was… Powerful. Moving. Unforgettable. Surreal. When I stepped through the gates and heard the rocks rumble under my shoes. In that moment my perspective shifted completely. I knew this experience would not be easy, but standing on those stones changed…

At the Heart of it All | Samstag

05.13.17 The weekend started with a streetcar ride to Haunstetterstraße station and then took a train to downtown Munich. Upon our arrival we walked from Munich train station to the main center square, Marienplatz. There, we met our tour guide for the afternoon, who took us on a walking tour of the city. We visited…

In the (Carbon) Fibers | Freitag

05.12.17 Today began with a bus ride to SGL Group. SGL Group is known as the carbon company, as it make an array of carbon-based automotive products. Our presenter, who studied at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, reasserted my admiration for the openness of the companies we visited. He…

Pretzels and Robots | Donnerstag

05.11.17 The sun shined again in the early morning, as we hoped right onto a bus and headed towards a German breakfast. Inside a secluded white garage in Baindkirch, laid a Thursday morning German tradition: “Weißwurst und Brezen”. This classic white sausage and Bavarian pretzel meal, was a breakfast ritual unlike any other. Even though…

Reflection

Looking back, I was somewhat hesitant to travel to Germany as it was my first true experience abroad. However, any anxiety or emotion I had over the trip was quickly put to rest upon landing in Munich. Simply put, Plus3 Germany 2017 was a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot speak highly enough of…

The Sun Shines in Deutschland| Mittwoch

05.10.17 Wednesday began waking up to another 6:30AM alarm, but tearing the curtains open in the morning and watching the sun light up the sky erased all negativity. After breakfast we took an hour bus ride to the company my group was assigned to research, Hirschvogel. Hirschvogel is a perfect example of a typical German…

A Seat at the Table|Dienstag

05.09.17 Today began with our first company visit as we took the streetcar to the Faurecia facility. The visit of Faurecia began with a presentation from company representatives, detailing a general overview and the engineering process, and was followed by a factory tour. The Tier 1 supplier focused primarily on the finished production of interior…

Singing in the Rain |Montag

05.08.17 The first full day in Deutschland was again met with cold rain as we took the streetcar to the University of Augsburg. The University, a short ride away, was a small yet lively campus that was divided into two major sections separated by a beautiful stream with a footbridge. We were guided to a…

Guten Morgen, Deutschland| Sonntag

05.07.17 Waking up to the cold darkness of a 3AM Saturday morning was unsurprisingly met with absolute exhaustion and enormous smiles. As each of us dragged one foot in front of the other onto the bus, we managed to find our way to the airport check-in desks and navigate ourselves to the gate benches. As…

Day Dreizehn and Vierzehn: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Days

For our free day on Friday the 19th, I went with a group of about ten students back to Munich by train. There, we were led by one of the German students, Matthias, to the famous English Garden. Matthias was a godsend, as there is no way we would have found the Garden on our…

Day Zwölf: The Twelfth Day

Thursday, May 18th was our last day on the program. After breakfast at the B&B we boarded the train for Ulm. Immediately upon arrival, we faced down our next challenge: Ulmer Münster, the tallest church in the world. To climb the church is to go up 768 of the tightest, most claustrophobic and nauseating of spiral…

Day Elf: The Eleventh Day

Wednesday, May 17th was the date of our final company presentations. After a short breakfast at the B&B, we had essentially the entire day to ourselves to prepare. The presentations themselves did not begin until 5pm. From 9am to 5pm, my group perfected our delivery and points on the Hirschvogel Automotive Group in the University’s…

Day 13 & 14: Reflection (May 19 & 20)

After nearly a day in airports and airplanes, I’m finally home and writing my final blog entry.  We last left off before my free day and after the Ulm trip.  My free day was spent in and around Augsburg.  We went to the zoo, walked around the city and university, and hung around the hotel…

Day 12: All the way up (May 18)

Today was maybe the earliest start we have had on the trip so far.  We met in the hotel lobby at 7:25 in the morning and headed to the train station to got to Ulm.  Once there, we got down to business immediately climbed the 768 step Muenster, a huge church in the center of…