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…

The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

A Truly Remarkable Experience

Frederick Keeslar History Major Chinese Language and Culture (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2017 Last summer, I studied abroad for two weeks in Beijing, China. The emphasis of the class was on Chinese language and culture. We had classes in the morning and later in the day we would visit a culturally significant site. As a historian…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Guatemala 2018: The Final Day

Lauren Brya Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership Majors Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring break 2018 Alas, the final day of our trip has come to a close. As the sun situated itself in the sky we ate our last breakfast in Panajachel and lugged our suitcases to be piled up on the top…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

Guatemala 2018: The Power of Doing Good

Dana Schmalzel Occupational Therapy (Graduate) Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started our first full day in Panajachel with breakfast at our hotel. We then walked to Mayan Families to start our day of service. Mayan Families is a non-profit organization that works with several small communities around Lake…

Guatemala 2018: Planting Seeds of Hope

Sierra Penny Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, The Cacique Inn. Our first destination was the Mayan Families preschool in Panajachel. “Mayan Families” is a non-profit organization that educates, feeds, shelters and heals several small Mayan…

Guatemala 2018: Community Health in Guatemala

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 The two themes of the course can initially seem unrelated.  What does permaculture have to do with health.  However we quickly learned the intimate connection, which can be best summed up by an ancestral phrase from one of the directors at…