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,…

A Quick Trip to Kobe

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Being in an intensive language program, I don’t have a lot of down time. On top of all the homework and club activities, we just had our midterms, so much of my free time has been spent sitting at my desk…

Japan Starter Kit

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Starting from scratch in a new country can seem like a daunting task at first with having to do things like getting supplies, being able to use your phone, applying for residency, and setting up insurance among other things. On top of those,…

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…

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…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

Soaking In My New Culture

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The locals in Ireland are quite like the locals back home in the states. They eat eggs for breakfast, with some fruit, hash browns, cereal if they want, some brown bread, which that piece we do not have in America, but it is so good. They…

The Problem With the Study Abroad Mindset

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I’ve planned on studying abroad since I was a sophomore in high school. The concept has always excited me and given me an excuse to leave the common sights of my campus and see other countries, continents, and cultures. I’m so blessed and this…

Some Thoughts Before Leaving to Study Abroad

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Saint Louis University Madrid, Fall 2018 How did you decide the location of your study abroad?  What factors played a role  in your decision? The biggest determent of location was the ability to transfer 3000 and 4000 level courses back to Western to count toward a second major. Being a senior, I was very limited in my choices because I had already fulfilled…

Home Sickness

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 As someone who rarely sees their family and doesn’t find himself too attached to anyone, I figured that I would probably not have any problem with studying abroad for a whole semester. WMU’s study abroad department warned us about the…