The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Calm Before The Storm

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Wow, already one week! It’s definitely been a blur and not one day has been anything like another. I am glad that, comparatively, today was my first rest day. Not to say I still didn’t get up at 5AM and run around campus. I…

Comprehending The Great Gift And Honor Of Living In Another Country

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Today was another, long, interesting, exciting, and extremely productive day! That’s something I couldn’t say often at Western. Most days were productive. Many were interesting. A few were long and exciting, but after the first few days of events and newness at Western, I…

China, Round Two: Different Experiences.

Velzson Davidson Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Chinese Language and Culture program, Summer II 2017. My second time in China was a great one. I have bettered my Chinese speaking and comprehension skills and learned more about Chinese culture and history. I experienced more growth as a person through my travels and met many great people….

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…

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…

Learning New Cultures And Experiences In China

Jessica Chin Accountancy Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I am a Chinese American student attending Western. I have visited my mothers’ home town in Taiwan but I had never been to mainland China before. I felt as though I was missing a part of my culture and experiences. I sometimes feel as…

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 And Different Experiences In China

Bionca Stewart Major: Pre-Psychology Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017. When I arrived in Beijing I didn’t think I would have culture shock to anything because I mentally prepped myself for everything. I can say that I did NOT prep myself for everything! The one thing that was not put on my list was…

Wanderlust

  Turner Slaughter Engineering Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I’ve been told I have been bitten by the travel bug. Ever since my last study abroad trip to Quito, Ecuador, I have been searching for different trips to go on over my breaks. I developed an intense love for travel while in…

Post Thailand Thoughts

Gerald Pirkola Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I 2017 1.) How did you do packing? How much did you take versus how much did you use? What did you use most and what did you not use at all? I felt like I did a pretty bad job of packing. Before…