Class of 2013: Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in International Engineering
What is your most memorable experience from your program(s)?
My most memorable experience from my first study abroad in Chile was a 10-day backpacking trip in Patagonia. During my second study abroad semester in Singapore it was a 3-day ferry trip I took with friends in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
What did you learn about yourself or the world because of your experience?
I learned (or re-learned) that beyond any axes of identity, there is far more that connects us than separates us. In a world dominated by clickbait headlines and byte-size information, this basic understanding is critical to developing a healthier, safer, and more just world.
Are there particular skills, areas of knowledge or connections you gained from your study abroad experience that helped you after graduation?
My coursework in air pollution engineering directly fueled my interest in air quality and public health, which later translated to me starting a business called Breathe99. We make a lightweight, respirator-like mask that provides a high degree of protection to people in their daily lives.
What message or advice do you have for students considering going abroad?
Go somewhere off the beaten path. You’ll likely travel in Europe after college so this is your opportunity to live somewhere exciting and different.
Read more about Max in this alumni profile from the Spring 2021 On Wisconsin magazine.
There is far more that connects us than separates us. In a world dominated by clickbait headlines and byte-size information, this basic understanding is critical to developing a healthier, safer, and more just world.