Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

5 Things To Stress About Before A Semester In Rabat.

Morgan McCullough Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Non-WMU Program, Rabat Morocco, Fall 2017. The countdown in my phone is telling me that there are only 13 more days until I board a flight from Detroit to Madrid, where I will muster up some confidence and slowly make my way to Rabat. So many…

First Day At Dorm (Shortest Day Ever?)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Time is usually not to difficult an object to keep a hold of if you know what you’re doing, but after becoming a time traveler, I am already having an extremely difficult time grasping how many days it is since I left home. The…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

New Experiences In Peru

Elizabeth Machado Educational Leadership Urubamba, Peru; Education, Service, and International Development,Summer I 2017 Prior to my arrival at Western to attend graduate school, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I had an influential study abroad experience as an undergraduate and I knew the second time around I not only wanted to go abroad,…

Living with a Host Family in Spain

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When thinking about studying abroad to Spain, I was super worried about my future host family. Two months is a long time to be uncomfortable in a random house with random people. I first messaged my host mom three weeks before the program and…

Tips And Tricks Of Living In London

Taylor Bird Public Relations Media Ethics in London, summer II 2017 Hello loves, I have arrived in the beautiful city of London! But unfortunately, I am sicker than a dog. To make matters worse, it is pouring rain, and I’m dragging my suitcase down what is easily the busiest street I’ve ever been on (Oxford…

Finding The Right Host Family

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When I first got to Spain, I didn’t have to worry about exchanging my money at the airport because I had come with euros. Before I left for Spain, I exchanged money at my bank at home, I thought it would be…

While In Thailand

Gerald Pirkola Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I 2017 1.) When you first arrived, how did you exchange your money? Was it successful? What do you wish you would have known about the process? It was a very smooth process when I first exchanged my currency. We had two professors who…

You Can’t Get By with Franglais Here

Teresa Turner Film, Video, & Media Studies Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I open my eyes from a very short nap on a 9 hour flight to see the beautiful French country side far below me. The people sitting near me on the plane probably thought I was crazy when they saw the…

What I Discovered Without WiFi

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 It’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m sitting in my bedroom in the apartment of my host family.  We live in the center of Lyon in a neighborhood called Place Bellacour.  My commute to university is a short 5 minute walk, and I live one street over from…