Once in Morehead, Prof. Henneberg showed me the city center and the university grounds. It was the first time that I had set foot on an American campus, and I enjoyed the atmosphere there. Morehead was an interesting town to spend time in since it is definitely not a touristy community. I felt like I got a look at American society firsthand.
I participated in some of Prof. Henneberg’s classes, which was interesting on various levels. For example, I noticed that the classes were more interactive than the ones I am used to in Austria. Afterwards, we also engaged in several conversations in which we exchanged views on the differences between the Austrian and American academic systems. Prof. Henneberg devoted time to help me develop my research draft. During my trip I worked intensively on some ideas for my PhD proposal, and Prof. Henneberg gave useful advice on how I could formulate my thoughts clearly. She also shared some of her past experiences from her academic journey with me. Our conversations and the feedback I received were very helpful.
I went to the USA to experience the lived culture and everyday life of Americans. One of the most striking aspects of the culture I experienced was the genuine hospitality of both Prof. Henneberg and her colleagues. I was invited to dinner parties, brunch, and a Super Bowl get-together. Her friends were always kind and went out of their way to make me feel at home. For instance, one married couple that Prof. Henneberg frequently associates with has two dogs. Since I am very fond of animals, I was allowed to walk the dogs several times, and they even brought the dogs along on several occasions, simply because they knew I would appreciate it.