Germany was an unforgettable experience and I am so grateful that I was chosen to go on the trip with my classmates to explore new and beautiful cities. This trip has really changed my outlook on how another country operates and how America needs to improve. Sustainability and green infrastructure is the way we need to go. The way Germany re-uses storm water, the way they work with transportation, the way they do planning with mixed use models, and they way their recycling system works, all focus on creating a smaller carbon footprint. I knew America was wasteful with their oversized goods, but I didn’t realize how wasteful it was to have all of the extra and unnecessary goods. Life feels more simple without them and there’s less stress not having to take a car everywhere. Everyone is out and socializing in Germany compared to America where everyone is more segregated and keeps to their self because we’re becoming such an automobile society. We need more walkable cities and towns in the U.S.. More social media can also have a large impact as to why most people are staying indoors now a days. Just with these few examples, I’ve learned a lot and hope to see changes within America so that we can become more active, healthier and more social as a society. I’m glad I decided to study abroad during my college experience because it really has changed me and my thoughts for the better. I would recommend for any student to take the opportunity to travel and see other places. Never get comfortable in your life! Change and experience is a good thing because you never know where it’ll lead you.
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