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Europe: Miller Business Honors Group Tour, May 2011

16 Miller Business Honors Program students + 2 Miller College of Business faculty members + 2 weeks in Europe = 1 amazing study abroad trip

Chris Wilkey
Miller Business Honors Program Student, Class of 2013
Europe Miller Business Honors Group Tour, May 2011

I have always dreamed of having the opportunity to travel abroad, but I never thought it would be with a group of 15 other students who I have had classes with or know on a personal level. I could not have asked for a better group to tour Europe with during my trip. This trip helped me to create strong life-long friendships with the students who shared the same experiences as me.

My biggest problem I had with choosing my study abroad experience was the fact that I wanted to see all of Europe. I could not choose just one country to travel to because I wanted to "do it all" while I was there overseas. That was the amazing part about this trip—we had the opportunity to travel to three countries (or four, for some of us) over the course of one trip. We were able to visit London, Paris, and Rome (and Dublin) in just two weeks. Most people spend a lifetime trying to travel to these places, yet I was able to see them all.

Personally, my favorite part of the trip was being able to experience all the different cultures. I really enjoyed being able to eat a true Roman pizza in a narrow street with a group of my friends while we listened to a man play an accordion. I also loved the chance to see the Phantom of the Opera in the original theater on my birthday in London. It was also amazing that I had the opportunity to see the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, along with many other art pieces, as I was walking around the Musee du Louvre in Paris. These are all experiences of culture I will never forget.

I enjoyed this trip so much that I have already started planning my next trip to Europe. Just take a look at the video on this page to get a small glimpse of what we experienced during our time abroad. I learned so much about myself and about other countries that I would never have learned about in the classroom. I would not trade this trip for the world and I cannot wait until I get the opportunity to go abroad again.

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