William Belton IV, July 7th, 2017
Now that I’m back home and able to look back on the past month and a half of life in Europe, I can confidently say that studying abroad in Strasbourg has been one of the defining moments of my time here at A&M. I’m taken aback by how many amazing things I was able to do and learn about whilst abroad with such a great group of people. Learning can sometimes become monotonous when conducted within the same setting over and over again, so the change of scenery offered by studying overseas came as a welcomed refreshment mid way through my college career. Both International Finance and European Integration proved to be interesting and worthwhile courses. I walked away with a solid understanding of the purpose of the EU and its functionality, as well as a solid foundation of knowledge over the formation of multinational businesses and how they ought to conduct their business in such volatile and unpredictable global markets. Both subjects, as well as the cultural and personal insights gained outside of the classroom, will surely prove valuable for any future of a student within Mays.
During my time in Strasbourg, I was able to travel to Interlaken, Brussels, Paris, Positano, Frankfurt, and Prague, all of which were absolutely incredible. I could not name a favorite weekend trip as each destination proved to be invaluable contribution toward such a holistic European experience. Each culture provided its own lessons and experiences, each of which was completely different from anywhere else visited during the trip. Strasbourg itself provided the ideal host city for a program such as this. It was large enough to keep us entertained and anxious to explore, while small enough to not seem too overwhelming or overbearing. The locals were friendly and the mix of German and French culture was engrossing, while its central location provided an excellent launch point for any weekend expedition. I would certainly recommend the experience to anyone that is willing to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the change of setting and lifestyle for a month. It will definitely be worth it.