My name is Vanessa Azemar and I’m a senior at Pine Manor College majoring in Business Management.
During my junior year, I decided to do a semester abroad which was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. The semester before, Pine Manor faculty worked diligently through the process with me so that everything would go smoothly. I ended up going to Köln; the English name is Cologne, and it’s the fourth largest city in Germany. Cologne is also popular for its big international crowds, where most of them are students studying abroad. It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, built by the Romans, the sightseeing is incredible. The city also holds the most extraordinary cathedral I have ever seen called the Dom. In addition to that. due to its location, I was able to travel in the surrounding cities and to visit other European countries as well. For a student budget, I was surprised to see how affordable the trips were.
While there, I attended the Cologne Business School at the University of Cologne. At first I was intimidated by the challenging classes, but I had so much fun during them, that I got used to the work load as the semester went on. Most of the classes I took were business related due to my minor in International Business. Much like Pine Manor, the classes were very diverse with students from various parts of the world. Thus attending class was like jumping into a pool of diversity, which made things much more interesting when talking about the relationship between culture and business. My study abroad also gave me the opportunity to do an internship. In the summer, I interned at Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (German for World Hunger Aid), a German nonprofit company and non-governmental aid agency that works in the field of Development Corporation and emergency relief aid.
My study abroad was an one-of-a-kind experience and best of all, it did not delay my graduation, as all of the credits were easily transferred toward my Pine Manor degree. Overall, my semester abroad was a remarkable experience and an educational ride which I recommend to all Pine Manor students. It made me a more wellrounded student as it broadened my worldview and gave me a different perspective in life.
If I was able to do it, why shouldn’t you?