Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I haven’t been around as long as many of my favorite travel-influencers have been but, after traveling to my 10th country I’ve learned a lot and want to share it with anyone who wants to start traveling internationally for the first time or…

Soup, Salad, and other Cultural Pluralism

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Identity and Multiplicity I am daily immersed in Gitano, anglo-Spanish, Venezuelan, and Moroccan cultural settings and social dynamics, so I’ve had no shortage of inspiration for reflecting on culture! We know that culture is a shared understanding and use of symbols: language, social interaction,…

A Little Malaysian Persuasion

Keegan Bogdan Major: University Studies Sunway University As my junior year was coming to an end at Western Michigan University, I met with my advisor Kevin so we could plan out my classes for the upcoming school year. As we were wrapping up our appointment, he informed me about the study abroad program Western has…

Why Costa Rica?

Lindsay Warriner Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring If there was one thing I knew I had to do before I graduated college, it was to study abroad. You’re telling me I get to live in another country, dive into a new culture, and go on crazy adventures? Who wouldn’t want…

Jet-lag in London

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! Currently, as I am writing this, it is the sixth day I have been in London. The day I arrived was very hectic and exhausting because I only slept about an hour on the seven hour flight. However, after being overwhelmed and over tired…

Don’t Touch My Throne

Maria Carson Major: Japanese and Geography Nihon University, 2019 Before leaving for Japan, I worked at the study abroad office at Western. For the past year I have heard about the W curve that represents the stages of culture shock when a student is abroad. While I believe that my time working at the office…

The Countdown

Maria Carson Major: Geography Nihon University 7 days to departure: Its the last day of the year and I am finally 21! Birthdays to me have never really been a super huge day for me, turning 1 year older just feels like 1 more day has passed by. This year, my birthday has had a…

Chasing The Dream

Ontrell McKenzie Major: Biomedical Sciences University of Capetown In preparation to travel abroad, let me say I had my work cut out for me. The entire experience was an ordeal of immeasurable proportions, but it was the ride of my life. I will not trade the grueling hours of work put into scholarship applications and…

How to Get From Here to There in Havana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018 I’ve got to admit, I’m someone who loves to drive. Whenever I travel, one of the things that I miss the most about home is being able to drive a car whenever I want. Part of it is the freedom that…

Finals in France

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France With finals now out of the way, I’d like to address the differences in education I noticed between the United States and France. The way finals are set up is a lot more official (aka scary) than any test I’ve taken besides like the ACT. Most importantly,…

Why Broncos Abroad?

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring My name is Martha Tinker, and I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica during the Spring 2019 semester! I am in my second year at WMU and am a Spanish major and a double minor in International Business and Marketing. I have…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 I don’t even know where to start. Japan is such a unique country. From the history, to traditions, to maid cafes, there’s so much to be talked about. I only got to see a small portion of Japan’s uniqueness on the internet, but being able to witness…