Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Unexpected Surprises in the Dominican Republic.

Katie Sullivan Occupational Therapy Major  Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017. Before going to the Dominican Republic, I was unsure of what to expect. I had heard from others that the area we were staying in was impoverished, with no running water in the surrounding areas of the orphanage. Even…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Learning About Different Histories In Ireland

Maria Carson Undecided Major Colonialism and Terrorism: Case Study, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Summer II 2016. I learned a lot on this study abroad, I was never taught about Ireland’s history and this study abroad really taught me and helped me understand the struggles that have happened in Ireland. There were many unique learning experiences that…

Calm Before The Storm

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Wow, already one week! It’s definitely been a blur and not one day has been anything like another. I am glad that, comparatively, today was my first rest day. Not to say I still didn’t get up at 5AM and run around campus. I…

Comprehending The Great Gift And Honor Of Living In Another Country

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Today was another, long, interesting, exciting, and extremely productive day! That’s something I couldn’t say often at Western. Most days were productive. Many were interesting. A few were long and exciting, but after the first few days of events and newness at Western, I…

Gaining Confidence In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Leader Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, fall 2017 On August 20th 2017, I went on a trip to San Pedro in the Dominican Republic that change my life by helping me grow personally, professionally, and academically. This was my first trip out of the country and first…

The Many Differences In Senegal

Daniel Tennant Economics and Geography Majors Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led) (Dakar)  program, Summer I 2017 Dakar was dramatically different than every other environment that I had previously been to in almost every way possible. I had been to Arizona a few different times and spent time in the…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

Making A Difference In The Dominican Republic

Brooke Nuccio Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017 By being able to take a step back and look at other cultural perspectives through a different lens, I can efficiently work with future clients whose cultures differ from my own.  We worked in a multidisciplinary team with members…

Best Experience Of My Life In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Marquardt Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives in Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Winter Break 2016.  My study abroad trip was one of the best experiences of my college career. I grew so much in such a short amount of time, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, I understood what it felt…