Comfort Zone? I don’t know her!

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I waited to write this blog until after we returned from the Galapagos, and I am so glad I did. This weekend was a great opportunity to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone. So, the theme this week is comfort zones: when to…

Too Old for Study Abroad? Not with WMU!

Heather Mauney Youth and Community Development major, Gerontology minor Blogging for International Perspectives of Older Adults in Ireland, Summer II My biggest fear (well, one of them) going into a study abroad program was my age. Unlike my other travel-mates, I am almost 40. How would other students react to having me on the trip?…

Orange Juice All Day, Every Day

Grace Gettig Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Daito Bunka University Japan, the country where it is almost impossible to have a Vitamin C deficiency. Hey, I like orange juice as much as the next person, but Japan is on a whole different level. You walk into a ramen shop? You got orange…

Returning from Senegal

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal Senegal, West Africa was a truly amazing and eye opening experience. Traveling across the world and living in another culture gave me the opportunity to build new connections and gain a better understanding of our world….

Conquering Fears One Adventure at A Time

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador Over my last two weekends abroad I was able to travel to two very different areas of Ecuador. During my fifth week of the program I traveled to San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos with five of the girls on my program, and my…

A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

Meeting the Genuine People of Jordan

Jacob Kubiak Majors: Global and International Studies and the Arabic language Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Since I departed the United States to study abroad in Jordan, I have met the nicest people in both Dubai and Amman. Not only are the people I have met incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are so genuine…

A Pinnacle Time to Study Abroad

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy “When you live in a country that’s only been formally established for a little over two hundred years, it comes to you as a starking contrast when you visit somewhere like Europe. Europe is western culture similar to our own, but different just…

To All of the places I Have Not Been Yet

Pamela Gudobba Majors: Japanese and Global and International Studies Program: Ritsumeikan University, Japan As of today, I have 45 days left in Japan until I return home to America. While I can’t wait to see my friends and family again, I still feel like there is so much left for me to do here. One…

Hello Tokyo

Hanna Fussman Major: Tourism & Travel Program: Religion and Culture in Japan   Tokyo stole my heart. I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo. It’s a huge city with tons to offer. There’s skyscrapers towering around you but then a temple or shrine that was built hundreds of years ago in the middle of it…

It’s No Starbucks

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy It feels weird being back home in the states, especially Kalamazoo for that matter. I was just getting used to the hustle and bustle of Venice, that Kalamazoo seems like a ghost town. I’m going to miss the close vicinity of everything. It…