A Thrilling Experience

Kelsey Gough Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems, Summer I 2016 I am thrilled to be sharing my study abroad experience to future WMU Broncos! I am a senior in the speech pathology and audiology program here at WMU. I transferred here beginning fall 2015…

A Step Across The World

Alyssa Lem Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, summer I 2017 Studying abroad quickly became one of the most savored memories at my time at WMU, so much so, that I decided to study abroad twice. My first trip was to Italy in 2015, one of the greatest experiences seeing art,…

A Truly Humbling Experience

Kylie Adams Criminal Justice and Psychology Double Major University of Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2017 In March 2017 I left for my semester-long study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.  Prior to my departure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had done a fair amount of research to familiarize…

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…

Shukransgiving & Sahara Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco “Why do you take the covers off?” my host mom’s friend asked, giggling. I was hunched over a pile of potatoes and scraping at the skin with a dull knife. My roommate and I were making mashed potatoes for…

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. …

Real Talk About Culture Shock

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Culture shock is not always very obvious and easy to recognize. Sometimes it is sneaky and seeps into you like a draft. September went by so quickly. Everything was new and unbelievably beautiful. Looking back, I marvel at how…

Mint Tea, Tajine, & Moroccan Cuisine

-Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Moroccan food is carb and meat-heavy and laden in unique spices and oils. At home, many families eat with their hands from one giant, round plate. Various types of bread or cous-cous is served with each meal to use…

“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

How to Blend With Maghrebian Culture via Fashion

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Packing for Morocco as a female was initially not an easy task. I scoured the depths of the Internet for travel blogs about what to wear and the common consensus seemed to be to make sure shoulders and knees…

My First Day at Mohammed V University

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The afternoon was surprisingly less sweltering an hour before my first class at the local university, but my hair was frizzing up around my face from the humidity. Mohammad, one of the teaching assistants at the IES Abroad Center,…

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…