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Center for European Studies: Maastricht, Maastricht University
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Matthew Overmoyer

Liberal Arts Major(s): Labor and Employment Relations
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

What was the best part of your experience?

The program had arranged several trips as part of the experience. I went to Berlin, The Hague, and Paris with the CES group and made several great memories. Each of these trips included planned activities (like going to the Louvre and seeing the Reichstag), a guided tour of the city, and time set aside to do some sightseeing of our own. Overall, I enjoyed these trips because of the friends I made and the unique places I saw.

Experiencing a new culture, a different perspective, and new ideas made this trip worthwhile for me

How did this experience impact you academically?

While I did take a Labor Economics class directly related to my major, I enjoyed classes related to culture and the humanities (Dutch Art History) and law and politics (Current Topics in the EU and International Relations). I learned a lot about international relations and why states act the way they do. I also learned a lot about the European Union, including how it is organized. Experiencing a new culture, a different perspective, and new ideas made this trip worthwhile for me.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I have always wanted a well-rounded education. It is why I chose to take LER in the College of the Liberal Arts instead of HRM in the College of Business. Before I went on this trip I wanted to work in Human Resources for a company and work toward becoming a Human Resources Manager. That has not changed. What has changed is where I would like to work. I would still largely like to work in the States, but I am not very open to the idea of working abroad.

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