The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Always Find Happiness

Jake Sanderson Marketing Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017 This trip has shown me a lot about the country and a lot about myself. It has truly been beneficial and will continue to be throughout my business professional life. I have learned a large amount of ways that the Dominican…

Real Talk About Culture Shock

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Culture shock is not always very obvious and easy to recognize. Sometimes it is sneaky and seeps into you like a draft. September went by so quickly. Everything was new and unbelievably beautiful. Looking back, I marvel at how…

Mint Tea, Tajine, & Moroccan Cuisine

-Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Moroccan food is carb and meat-heavy and laden in unique spices and oils. At home, many families eat with their hands from one giant, round plate. Various types of bread or cous-cous is served with each meal to use…

“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

Preserving History

Lillian Manning Interior Design Major Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence, Summer I 2017 This class was full of site seeing, great foods, and lots of movement. I learned that studying abroad wasn’t just about the final destination, it’s also about the travel experience. I usually don’t fly anywhere on a Friday and this…

How to Blend With Maghrebian Culture via Fashion

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Packing for Morocco as a female was initially not an easy task. I scoured the depths of the Internet for travel blogs about what to wear and the common consensus seemed to be to make sure shoulders and knees…

My First Day at Mohammed V University

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The afternoon was surprisingly less sweltering an hour before my first class at the local university, but my hair was frizzing up around my face from the humidity. Mohammad, one of the teaching assistants at the IES Abroad Center,…

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…

The Perfect Balance

Keeley Van Blaicom Business Administration Major Business and Culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017 Engaging in a study abroad to Santiago, Chile was not a long time dream that I had imagined conquering.  However, being given the opportunity to venture south of the border I couldn’t refuse. The more I looked into Chilean…

Phrases & Linguistics

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 Cheers! The most universal term used in the English language while in Manchester seems to be that simple little phrase. Whether it’s said ‘Cheers’ or ‘Oh, cheers’ it can mean a multitude of things. Sometimes it’s used as a greeting, as a…

Ready To Face The Challenges

Jenna Otten Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Travel and Tourism Majors Amazonian Culture and Environment Program, Manaus Brazil, Spring 2017 Travel is probably one of the most romanticized activities in human history. When someone comes home from an adventure, whether abroad or domestic, we expect to hear stories of wonder and an overall amazing experience….