Reflections from Occupational Therapy in Ireland

Lindy Perlos Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging Spring Break 2016 Faculty-Led in Ballyshannon, Belfast, Cashel, & Dublin Ireland Embracing the opportunity to study aging in Ireland played a profound role in altering my perspective of older adults.  Having numerous opportunities to engage with older adults during my time abroad not only…

Experiencing Culture Shock

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 It’s gone over in our orientation courses about how the first day, week, or even month will be as a honeymoon. After the honeymoon there will be a decrease in interest to do things, a frustration with everything around you that’s different and an intense…

Why Guatemala?

Brook Witchell Community Health Education Major, Environmental & Sustainability Studies Minor Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala About me: My name is Brooke Witchell, I am 24 years old and a senior here at Western Michigan University. I’m majoring in Community Health Education and minoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. I have the cutest potato…

Gratitude

Zander Bunner Public Relations Major Veritas University, Costa Rica Spring Semester 2017 Well, it seems that it ends just as quickly as this adventure began. I can all to perfectly remember leaving my family behind at the airport security checkpoint in Detroit’s airport and walking to my gate. At my gate, I took out my…

When you find your calling in Mendoza

Sydney Foster Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina             I am 100% convinced that I am moving to Mendoza to become a Sommelier (the person who gives wine tours). When we first arrived in Mendoza we were exhausted, and ready for a nap, but instead we went to our first wine…

Chanko-Nabe

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 On Friday, February 24th, my parents and I joined my mom’s friend and a group she (my mom’s friend belongs to) for a dinner course called chanko-nabe (ちゃんこ鍋). It’s a traditional sumo wrestler food, so, as you would expect, it’s a lot of…

Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Blog by: Meghan DeBacker Occupational Therapy Major Emily Scannell Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Management Minor Julie Ballast Occupational Therapy Graduate Major Spanish Major (BA) Jade Stewart Occupational Therapy Grad Student 03/05/2017 Dunluce Castle Today’s journey started off at the beautiful Dunluce Castle. This castle has a rich history and glorious appearance. A portion of…

Cheese & Cobblestones

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Hallo again everyone! I do, in fact have updates on cheese and cobblestones; the cheese here may have a tendency to be stronger depending on what kind you get, and the cobblestones will hurt your feet if you are not used to walking down those…

Growing Up in Spanish

Lauren Smith Major: Occupational Therapy Spring 2017 Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala My study abroad trip to Guatemala was one of the best personal growth experiences I’ve ever had. I knew a lot of Spanish before going on this trip but I was always better at understanding the language than speaking it because I was…

How to Study Abroad in South America (On a Budget)

Jordyn Mott Majors: Spanish Education & English Education Spring 2017 Semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina A few pointers for studying abroad in South America on the cheap. Travel by Bus Bus Travel in South America is not like bus travel in the US. For long distances at least, the buses are two levels and include…

It Wasn’t Beautiful Until it Felt Like Home

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I had seen all the pictures before, of the great beautiful canary yellow Hauptgebäude, of the Rhine River and the great Cathedral of Cologne, and wondered when it would be my turn to witness it myself, to stand where history stood. When…

Essential Tips For Living in Capetown

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 I flew out of O’Hare international flights so I converted some money there and I then had a 15 hour layover in Dubai in which I converted a lot more money at the huge airport there, it was very easy. I would…

London is Calling!

Christina Chizmadia Major: Textile & Apparel Studies: Fashion Merchandising Minor: Event Management Program: Regents University, London UK The past month has been absolutely INSANELY UNIMAGINABLE!! I cannot even really describe just how crazy, fast-paced, incredible, fantastic, marvelous, fabulous and unbelievable my time here has been. After my first week of classes I started to feel sick…