Late Expectations

    My program is a little unique when it comes to summer study terms, as it is five weeks instead of four. Our first week was spent taking a German class, with the next four weeks being dedicated to sustainability courses. I haven’t taken a language course since my junior year of high school, so…

Non-Kebab German Takeaways

    One thing that I learned quickly during my first two weeks in Germany is that, in this day and age, speaking very limited German doesn’t pose much of an obstacle to enjoying a trip here if you can speak English well. I’ve been taking German classes since I arrived, and at this point I…

My goals, if you can call them that

    I’ll be honest, before coming here I wasn’t thinking of this trip in terms of what I wanted to accomplish. There were definitely things I was looking forward to experiencing and learning, but I hadn’t set any goals for myself in the traditional way, meaning trying to accomplish realistic, tangible objectives in a time-oriented…

Munich really is in a different country, huh?

    For the next month I am staying at the Meininger Hotel in the Olympiapark region of Munich, which is about a five minute bus ride away from the Hoschule Munchen campus. I’m living with three roommates, Jose Carlos, Fabian, and Owen. Like me, they are taking courses in the summer school and come from…

Week 0: Hi, I’m Sam

Hi everyone, I’m Sam Predmore, a rising senior majoring in Industrial Engineering here at the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in Operations Research and Computer Modeling and an Engineering Data Analytics certificate. Outside of class, I play on the club Ultimate Frisbee team, volunteer at Challah for Hunger, and will be working as a…