Two years ago, if you had told me that I would be going to study abroad in Germany, I would never have believed it. Honestly, I don’t think that my past self would want to fly to another country. But, as I went through my first two years at Indiana University, I gradually warmed up to the idea of traveling abroad. Hearing about the payoffs of doing so and of all of these amazing experiences from other students that studied abroad really helped me decide that studying abroad was an amazing opportunity. When I heard from one of my professors about this opportunity to study the music industry in Germany, I knew that I had to apply and take this opportunity while I could. It was the perfect program for me, as I’m an Arts Management major and Music Studies minor, working towards a career in the music industry.
This entire trip and course was excellent. I was able to see things that I otherwise never would have had the chance to see without this course. This trip has helped me grow as a person and has helped me gain more knowledge about Germany and the music industry. I have made connections with people I otherwise would have never met or made friends with. I also was able to experience flying and traveling in a different country, which is something that I have never done before. It has helped me for my future and has confirmed my interest in working in the music industry in some way.
I was able to learn about Germany and the similarities and differences between the United States and Germany over both the countries and the music industry. I learned much more about the history of Berlin, Weimar, various other cities, and topics like marketing, event management, artist management, copyright, and law. I also got to experience many things, such as a ballet, a symphony, various museums, city tours, theater tours, festivals, and other excursions in a different country. I was able to experience things that I never have before and it has helped me gain a greater perspective over different topics.
Deciding to study abroad has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone. I am grateful that I decided to take this opportunity and study in Germany. This trip is something I won’t forget and is something that I will cherish forever.