Spring Has Sprung

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 My mom keeps telling me about the lovely snowstorms we’ve been getting back in Michigan. On one hand, it’s April, so why? On the other hand, should we really be surprised? This is Michigan, after all. Meanwhile, for me, I’m living in the Spring heat….

Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…

My First (And Hopefully Last) Earthquake

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I never thought I’d live an earthquake, ever. It was Friday afternoon and I was sitting in the dining room with two other people when suddenly we all felt dizzy. Everything spun. One of them asked “Is that an earthquake?!…

It’s All About The Art

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Spring 2018 Florence is an amazing city for an art student to study abroad. The sheer amount of art that saturates this city is astounding. And it isn’t surprising; Florence has been a haven for artists for centuries—Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli. In a country known for the…

90% Vegan

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Spring 2018 Before leaving to study abroad in Italy, I’d been a dedicated vegan for nearly half a year. I decided that once I arrived in Italy, I would give up the lifestyle and introduce eggs and dairy back into my diet—never meat though, that is a…

Experiencing What New Cultures Have To Offer

Matt Faremouth Integrated Supply Management Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2017 Studying abroad helped me grow tremendously personally, academically and professionally. I have never been to Europe before, so going there for an extended period of time was a challenge. Going out of my comfort zone and deciding to go on the trip…

The Things I’m Going To Miss

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 Obviously, I have things at home that I miss. My parents, my dogs, my boyfriend, my car, my mom’s cooking. The list goes on. But after TIME weeks in Germany, there are so many things that I have no idea how I will live without…

The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

A Truly Remarkable Experience

Frederick Keeslar History Major Chinese Language and Culture (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2017 Last summer, I studied abroad for two weeks in Beijing, China. The emphasis of the class was on Chinese language and culture. We had classes in the morning and later in the day we would visit a culturally significant site. As a historian…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…