Brady Gayle, July 7th, 2017
Looking back on the month I spent in Strasbourg, I can truly say it was one of the best months of my life. I could not asked for a better place to live or a better group of friends to experience it with. This trip was an incredible learning experience inside and outside of the classroom. In Dr. Gaspar’s class, I realized that I previously knew nothing about International Finance. That being said, I have come away with greater knowledge and interest in how international corporations operate and how foreign exchange markets work. Ms. Coyez’s gave us an insightful look into the inter workings of the European Union. Her first hand experience working within the EU allowed us to learn about it from an entirely different perspective. After learning about the legislative process of the European Union, I am able to see the similarities and differences between the EU and the United States. On the weekends, we traveled to different cities which allowed us to see first hand some of the many different cultures that make up the European Union. While visiting Interlaken, Switzerland I had the opportunity to paraglide and white water raft while also seeing how similar to culture of that small town is to the United States. The weekend traveling to Paris and Brussels with the group was definitely one of my favorite weekends; seeing two of the most important and historic and important cities in Europe with the whole group was so much fun. While in Barcelona, the most unique city I visited, I learned about the history of the Catalonia region and witnessed some of the current separatist movements occurring there. Our trip to Munich made for the most relaxing weekend as we mainly walked around the city and English Gardens trying out Beer Gardens and eating pretzels. As stated previously, this trip was one of the greatest learning experiences to this point in my life. I will no doubt encourage my friends to study abroad while they are in college. More specifically, I will encourage people to go on this study abroad program as going on it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.