Breaking in My Boots for the Top 5

Madison Hybels Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services Program: Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa Living in America and especially in Kalamazoo with such easy access to two great hospitals, I have never even put a thought into not receiving healthcare if I were to need it. I am looking forward to seeing the different…

Practicing Ubuntu

Madison Hybels Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services Program: Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa Before embarking on my journey to South Africa, I envisioned we would be surrounded by jungle or desert, we would have no access to sanitation, and that the area around us would just be completely wild. Most of these preconceived…

Pass the Roosterkoek Please!

Madison Hybels Major: Interdisciplinary Health Sevices Program:Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa One of my favorite things I brought home from my time in South Africa is the concept of a braai. A braai is similar to a barbecue in the states, but with a greater focus on catching up with friends, really…

Chasing The Dream

Ontrell McKenzie Major: Biomedical Sciences University of Capetown In preparation to travel abroad, let me say I had my work cut out for me. The entire experience was an ordeal of immeasurable proportions, but it was the ride of my life. I will not trade the grueling hours of work put into scholarship applications and…

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…

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. …

“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…

Enjoying Every Moment in South Africa

Maria Jaramillo Biochemistry Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa , Summer I 2017. My experience in South Africa was unbelievable. While I was away, I did my best to live in and enjoy every moment. Whether we were in a classroom, interacting with the local community, or travelling to the different destinations, there…

Photo Blog: Cape Town, South Africa

These photos, taken by the amazing Marshall Lewis, are from Cape Town, South Africa where Marshall studied at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town has a variety of programs to offer and as a study abroad student you can study, live, and interact with students from over 100 countries around the world. Engage…

The Return From South Africa

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017   Hello there! It’s Marshall again writing this from… Kalamazoo, Michigan! I have returned from the wonderful place that is Cape Town, South Africa and am adjusting back to the time change, driving, and the people who surround me everyday. There has definitely…

Classes, Exercising, Laundry, and Grocery Shopping in Cape Town

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 The love for this country continues to grow everyday and now that I have been in South Africa for three months and I feel very much at home, I take notice to some things that may have been different when I first…