Exploring Bavarian culture and European landscapes
Name: Elizabeth Haeckler
Major: Chemical Engineering
From: Pittsburgh University
Program: Study Program, Spring 2019
Elizabeth Haeckler, a Chemical Engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, participated in the UAS7 Study Program in spring 2019. For one term, Liz was enrolled in the Engineering and Management program at Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). In this interview, she talks about her experience.
Liz, why did you decide to apply for the Study Program?
I wanted to study abroad because I learn by doing. What you read in a textbook takes on a new meaning when you are standing by the Berlin Wall or on Hitler’s Rally Grounds. The events become real and you begin to understand the impact they had on the local citizens. Germans specifically embrace their history, teaching future generations, so it is not repeated.
Being immersed in a new country also allowed me to learn the language more easily and experience the Bavarian culture through locals.
What did you enjoy most about your stay?
Making friends from around the world and getting to see their perspectives on travel, culture, and engineering!
To whom would you recommend applying to the Study Program?
Anyone who has a thirst for knowledge about European culture or language, but especially engineering majors. My study abroad gave me a global perspective on human-centered design, allowing me to understand what different nationalities value and apply German solutions to American problems.
Any tips for future SIP students?
Practical tip: Use an online bank! They are backed the same way as normal branches, but are easier accounts to manage.
Travel tip: Explore the region you are in. While each major European city has its charm, eventually they begin to look the same. Opt to explore the nature and secrets of the area you are in. My favorite travels were where the tourists were not. If you enjoy nature, take a trip to Slovenia. Lake Bled and Vintgar Gorge are some of the most beautiful places I visited while abroad.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Liz!
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