Differences in Food and Education France vs The US

Hannah Vinande Major: French Program: Besancon School and Food, only the essential information here, folks. Two things that I have found to be completely different in France from in the United States is the education system and the food. Only the necessities here, people. Do you want to know the biggest difference between my classes…

Making a Difference in Costa Rica

  Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Although ticos are very shy, once you get to know them they are some of the most loving and caring people that you will ever encounter. The majority of our mamá ticas (Costa Rican moms) absolutely love cooking. Food is most definitely their…

Differences in the Classroom

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica While studying here in Costa Rica I am attending Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The classes that I am taking abroad are Advanced Spanish 1, Advances Spanish 2, Latin American Literature and Latin American Civilization and Culture. All of the classes are with other…

Coffee & Cultural Comparison in Costa Rica

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break During my stay so far in Costa Rica, my host family has been amazing and had been making the most appetizing meals! Thus far, my favorite breakfast was with a sliced Papaya, which I had never tried before being in Costa…

My Daily Routine in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 A typical day for me includes waking up at 7 am and getting ready for school. I am absolutely not an early riser, however my Japanese classes were only offered in the morning. Since I take long to get ready, I tend to skip breakfast and try…

Deciding to Study Abroad

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break Today I am leaving for Costa Rica to study abroad for 8 days. I have never been to Costa Rica, but have heard a lot of good things. I was going to wait until summer to go on the Amsterdam trip…

Strutting Through Midterms

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London I can’t believe I’m already midway through the semester! My last class is April 12, which seems so soon! I end earlier than the rest of the students because I am a fashion student and we don’t have any final exams, only projects that are…

The First Month: In and out of the Classroom

Hannah Vinande Major: French Besançon, France – Spring (Faculty-Led) It has been a month since I arrived in France. I can’t believe it, but I also can. Time has been moving slow most of the time, but not that I have a rhythm to my week, things are going smother. Having been a month, I…

Enjoy the Little Things

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! So, today marks exactly three weeks that I have been in London. It’s crazy to me that it has already been close to a month but at the same time I feel like I have done so much that it has been way longer….

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…

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…

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,…