Something That’s Important to us All

Hilary Johnson MSW/SPADA Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break 2017 My experience traveling to Guatemala last spring was an experience I will never forget. One of my favorite parts of the trip was spending time at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute. The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP) is a non-profit…

Reshaping my World

Adriana Echols Major: Geography Beijing & Lanzhou, China GEOG 5450: Overseas Study on China’s Water Resources Management (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2018 The vision of reshaping the world around us and preserving this magnificent world for future generations inspires and encourages me to learn as much as I can about the earth. Studying in China gave me the…

Florence Is Every Artists Dream

Morgan Haskins Major: Graphic and Printing Science Book Arts in Italy Summer I, 2018 Besides the shocking fact that I’m in Italy, studying art (how is this even real??), I would have to say that one of the most shocking elements of this trip so far has been traveling without family. Up until now, I…

This Opportunity was Begging me to Accept it

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 The most influential person in my decision to study abroad was my professor for my School and Society class.  One day I was sitting in our class and the first thing my professor said to us that…

Fulfilling My College Goals and Dreams

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 In less than a week, I’ll be boarding a flight to Europe and fulfilling my college goals and dreams… I’ll be studying for a month at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I found the program a few months…

A Home Away From Home

Oseas Benjamin Hudy-Velasco Senior (5th yr) / Aerospace Engineering Spring Semester 2017 (4 months) Aix-en-Provence, France – IAU College Area of Study: French Language On January 19th, one day before Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, I boarded a plane in Lansing, MI, the first of three which would…

The Clothes Horse

Alex Salinas Sales and Business Marketing and Spanish Major HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Spring 2018 I was shocked and super happy when I found out that my flat had a washing machine. I didn’t have to go to the laundromat anymore like I had to in Kalamazoo, such a blessing. No more late-night…

“The Water Boils”…But Not Really

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non-WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I always wanted to visit Oaxaca and little did I know that Universidad Latina de America had a trip planned for us to go there already. A teacher passionate about Mexico and its history was our guide. We learned about how…

As Fate Would Have It

Sam McGrath Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2018 I was a late addition to my study abroad program. Which meant if I was going to go, I had to get all of the paperwork and a passport in line fast. I distinctly remember, it was a Thursday…

Take On A New Adventure

Alexis Pierce Human Resource Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 My trip to India, I’m not even sure how to put it into words. I’m still reliving every moment and experience. I honestly was very anxious and nervous for this trip. I have never flown or been this far. I knew…

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…

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…