IndiBroncos Day 6: Of Service to the Children

Marcy Richardson Major: Social Work Social Justice in India, Fall 2018 We are coming to the end of our first week in India, and what a week it has been! Two of the places we’ve visited really stand out: Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a school that serves children from the slums, and several orphanages. The school…

IndiBroncos Day 5: Gratitude is the Theme

Hilary Johnson Major: Social Work and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   Today marks one week that we have been in India. As you can imagine, it is difficult to put our experience into words. Our days have been filled with song, dance, presentations, tours, introductions, adventures and lots of…

IndiBroncos Day 4: We All Want a Purpose

Alexandra O’connell Major: Food & Consumer Package Goods Marketing India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018 Today, the IndiBroncos 2018, learned about Bosch foundation and Himalaya Health and Wellness company. Christ University partners with Bosch to create a program for high school dropouts and/or people who just graduated and are having difficulty finding a…

IndiBroncos Day 3: Just the Start

Kyle Kenny Major: Psychology Behavioral Science Social Justice in India, Fall 2018 The experiences we have had so far have been phenomenal. It is only the second full day here in Bengaluru, India and it seems like we have been here a week. This morning, we were fortunate enough to receive another great welcoming with…

IndiBroncos Day 2: A Warm Welcome

  Mary Dempsey Major: Social Work Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   The first full day in India was nothing short of stupendous! Waking up the first day, after a long traveling period was not as tough as I anticipated. I woke up to someone playing their trumpet, and a rooster trying to wake…

Expenses and the Cost of Living in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Before coming to Japan, I had heard that the cost of living in areas such as Tokyo and Kyoto was extremely high. For the most part, I have not found that to be true. While I’m sure the cost of things…

IndiBroncos Day 1: Exhaustion and Adventure

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructor of one of these courses, Timothy Palmer, is writing the introduction blog for their…

Japanese College Courses: A Primer

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 As an exchange student, learning is the focus of my trip. As a result, I’m acutely aware of the differences between my classes in America and my classes in Japan. Thanks to my teachers at Western and some online digging of my own, I knew…

I Got my Ricolas Though

Sarah Jones Major: Political Science Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 Mental health is important and studying abroad can be very taxing. Studying abroad requires you to live so far away from the places, people and sights that you’re used to. Often this causes a lot of issues with homesickness, anxiety, and stress. Many people…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

The Roller Coaster called Culture Shock

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Let’s get real about culture shock. It’s inevitable, it happens on every trip, and to everyone. For some reason though, I think it’s easy for me and many others to adopt the mindset of “oh, I’ve traveled a lot so I’ll be…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…