“I Trust Myself to Handle What Comes”

Grace Gettig Major: Global and International Studies & Japanese Daito Bunka University, AY 18-19 That’s what I have to tell myself everyday. When you have any kind of mental illness, it may be daunting to study abroad to a different country, especially for a whole year. It definitely was for me. I was afraid of…

The Japanese Diet

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Japanese people are early birds. Most usually eat breakfast at around 7 or 8 in the morning. Breakfast portions tend to be small, since most Japanese people have to arrive to the train station on time to get to their desired destination. A typical Japanese breakfast consists…

Surprises, Flexibility and More Adventures

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 The fact of the matter is: no amount of research a prospective traveler does can fully prepare them for a foreign country. For example, I spent hours poring over travel blogs and planning my route from the airport to my dorm. Imagine my shock and…

The Time I Caught a Cold in Japan

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese & Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 Soooo….. about one month into my study in Japan, I caught a cold. Nothing severe. Headache, sore throat, runny nose. The usual. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it can be confusing as to how to care…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Despite being Asian, this was the first time that I have ever stepped foot in to an Asian Country. I did not know what to expect. The moment that I stepped out from the airport, my mind was completely blown. My first thought was there’s so many…

Public Transportation in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Public transportation in Japan has been a wild ride for someone like me, who comes from a city where it is practically nonexistent. Here in Kyoto, there is an extensive bus and train system, a subway line, and Kyoto Station is…

Cultural Norms: My Experience with Japanese Train Etiquette

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 So, I’ve been living in my little country town for a little over two weeks now and I want to start a series of posts about some of my fears for studying in a new country, and how I’m overcoming them….

Studying in the Japanese Countryside

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 はじめまして。グレースと申します。専攻は日本語と国際関係で、五年生です。今学期、日本の大東文化大学に留学しています。 Hello! My name is Grace. I am a 5thyear Japanese and Global & International Studies double major at Western Michigan University (WMU). Currently, I am spending one year studying abroad in Japan. The university I am studying at is Daito…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…

Pre-Departure Jitters

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Ok, so here I am. About to embark on the journey of a lifetime…and I can’t seem to find my winter hat. Not just any winter hat, but my VIXX winter hat. You may ask, “what’s so important about a hat?” and you…

200 Hours

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 I have one week until I leave. I’m not worried about navigating the airport, packing my entire life into a suitcase, or the 19 hours of travel. What really scares me is the sheer scale of what I’m doing. My family won’t be an hour’s…

Why I Chose Kyoto

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 I’ve made the decision to study abroad for one year at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. While I was going through the list of potential universities, I knew I had a few requirements I wanted my school to meet. First, I…