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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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 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…

110 Arabian Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco At the beginning of my semester, I wrote 5 questions that I hoped I would be able to answer by the end of the semester. Naturally, nothing went as planned. The streets looked nothing like how I pictured them, and I…

My ‘Aha’ Moments

Korrin Gholston Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 Allow me to begin by stating that learning abroad should be a requirement for any degree curriculum at Western.  The lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve shared with the many people involved with this class far exceeded my expectations. …

Life Changing Realizations in Scotland

Lydia Wood Art History Major The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Fall 2016 I completed a fall semester abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland where I took classes pertaining to my major in art history and my minor in public history. The classes were taught in a seminar style with group projects, discussions,…