It has been a very eventful few weeks here in Europe. We have all been traveling on weekends and sharpening our efficiency in planning, catching trains, packing, and most importantly – adventure!
As many students had been in Poland this past weekend visiting the hometown of Blessed John Paul II, the international business students and I just returned from a week-long business trip. I cannot begin to express how phenomenal this opportunity was, as we had the privilege of visiting corporate Estée Lauder, Mazda Europe, and the European Parliament. These visits allowed us to truly delve into the mindset of international business and served as a window into the business culture here in Europe. From the organizational strategies and production of products to the rules and movements that shape Europe, it has been remarkable to actually experience what we have been studying, not to mention it felt immensely powerful sitting in the chair of the President of the European Union.
As if these visits weren’t enough, we also had the privilege of staying at Kasteel Amstenrade in the Netherlands. We arrived in awe of the grandeur of this lovely home, to then realize that we were staying with a count and countess of a family that dates back to the 17th century. In dining for early breakfasts and leisurely dinners with Count Henri and Countess Leila, we were incorporated and immersed fully in European culture in ways that made us feel part of their family.
The meaning of the word “beauty” continues to flourish each day as my European experience continues. Whether studying back in Steubenville or here in Gaming, I am consistently reminded that life events will never stop until the day we cease to live. Living in the present is crucial to our personal development, as we are like gold set in a fire to be purified, formed, and molded into perfection, into saints. It is easy to get lost or caught up in the future. So often do I wonder, “What is to come next?” rather than appreciating the beauty of curiosity. I realized that if I put full trust in God, the path He leads me on will incorporate all that I need. Being here in Europe is a soul-searching experience that leads to so much more than what meets the eye; it is the magnificent depth of what you see that leads you into your heart.
As our international business professor, Dr. Rüsch, always quotes: “First seek the heavenly kingdom, then all else shall be granted to you”.