“Hey how was Germany?”

If I had to sum up everything that I┬álearned, did, and saw in Germany in a word, it would be “unreal”. I mean that quite literally too. Whenever I look back on this trip, I find myself asking, “Did that really happen? Did I really fly for the first time? Did I really travel to a foreign country where I barely spoke the language and live there for six weeks? Did I really coordinate a trip to Denmark and stay with an exchange student from high school? Did I really do all of that on top of a 200 level engineering class?”

The answer, of course, is yes. I did do all of those things and so much more. I’ve been to places that I’ve learned about in history books all of my life. I’ve been to the tops of bell towers in cathedrals and seen the city sprawled out beneath me. I’ve been to the places where fairy tales were said to have taken place. I’ve learned skills that will help me in my career as an engineer. The sum of these experiences are invaluable, and I am so happy that this trip happened.

This trip will forever be in my memories and will definitely be one of the major highlights of my entire college experience. It is flabbergasting to me that one year ago I didn’t even have a passport, and now I have traveled the world. Just two months ago I gathered in a class room with 30 people I hardly knew, and now I have some lifelong friends. This trip will revolutionize the rest of my college experience, and most likely my life as well. I am extremely blessed to have been able to attend.

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