The best experience of the entire trip was getting to know my classmates and experiencing Europe with them. Mingling with my classmates began at the beginning of the semester when we were assigned to various groups to give presentations prior to travel. It has been a long time since I have been randomly assigned to groups and did not automatically choose to give a presentation with my best friend in the class, so the random group assignments was a good introduction to what life would be like traveling with my classmates. Although we all had class together once a week every week of the semester leading up to the trip, traveling with a group of people forces everyone to learn a lot about each other. Also, everyone seemed to look out for one another. I knew that if I needed to, I could ask someone to watch my luggage and rest assured that they would not leave it alone. We always asked the group if anybody needed anything. The best times were spent when everyone chose to all be together during our free times. The other best times were spent when everyone broke up into small groups. I learned to figure out who was interested in doing the same things I wanted to do, and stick with that person or people to make sure that I accomplished my goals. It is important to be assertive in order to ensure that you have an opportunity to do everything you want to do, but it is equally as important to be open to new ideas and other peoples’ agendas. However, wandering around in a big group was usually a fun option because we could all experience different things together and if one person wanted to do something the rest of us had not thought of, it opened our eyes to new experiences and things to explore. One of the best group activities that most of us participated in during our free time was the Heineken Tour in Amsterdam. Our group of SIU Law students got split up into two tour groups. During the tour, the guides asked a few questions and whoever answered the questions got a free Heineken sample. It was not surprising that in both groups that SIU Law students were a part of, all of the samples went to SIU Law students. Maybe it’s our attention to detail, but there is one thing I know is certain: When free Heineken is involved, we are all gunners. Getting to know my classmates and having to travel with them was just as important as the actual European experiences. The buddy system was taken to a whole new level because we did not have the luxury of being able to call or text each other if we were concerned that somebody may be lost. Everybody seemed to have a good time, and I came away form this trip making some new friends and forming closer friendships with the friends I already had.