The past three weeks have been so much more than I could ask for and I am so grateful that I got to do this program. As my first time out of the country, I went into it not knowing at all what to expect. I knew that it would be a great learning experience and that I would get to meet and work with people from all over the world, but I did not think that I would make new lifelong friends all while creating a brand new business and pitching it to international investors. The basis of my program was an international business pitch competition and to my surprise, I was selected to be CEO of my company. As I get ready to go back to Tuscaloosa for my final year at UA, I think about all the things that I am thankful for. This trip has really shown me that our school has truly prepared us for anything. Almost everyday there was something that we were challenged with but we were always ready to tackle it with what we had learned through out time at UA. There were also a few things that I missed about Tuscaloosa while away, but I cannot wait for my next trip across the pond. From taking a three-hour bus ride for a weekend trip to trying the best sushi I have ever had, there was so much more to this experience than the academic program – but all of it made it the best study abroad, which is what #BAMAAbroad is all about.