So Long, Michigan

Jessica Wetzel Majors: History & Anthropology Cultural Connections in Senegal, Summer I 2017 As I wait for my flight from Miami to Dakar to begin boarding I’m reflecting on my journey so far. There are so many pieces that had to fall into place for this trip to be able to happen. If you asked…

You Mean They Don’t Speak Spanish in China…?

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 The one thing that has shocked me was that I forgot how tough it is to not know the native language.  The past two times I’ve been out of the country have been to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic,…

Getting Dad On Board to Go Abroad

Carly Baldwin Majors: Health Education: Community Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 I have always enjoyed traveling.  My first time out of the country was when I was eleven and I went without my parents.  I went to Europe with my grandpa and while my mom was really excited, my dad was not. …

Recollections of Besançon

Kyle Van Krimpen Major: French and Spanish Besançon, France Program Januray 2nd, 2016. I’m looking out into the night air from within the metal bird that has carried me over the sea. The streets of Dublin sprawl out in massive curls of light and activity, a web designed by the weaving hands of eons gone…

How to Cape Town: Budget, Side trips, Food, and More

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 Howzit, This is the typical greeting when you talk to someone in Cape Town. I have been having the time of my life here and I am very excited to write about it and motivate others to study abroad and definitely think…

When you find your calling in Mendoza

Sydney Foster Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina             I am 100% convinced that I am moving to Mendoza to become a Sommelier (the person who gives wine tours). When we first arrived in Mendoza we were exhausted, and ready for a nap, but instead we went to our first wine…

Essential Tips For Living in Capetown

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 I flew out of O’Hare international flights so I converted some money there and I then had a 15 hour layover in Dubai in which I converted a lot more money at the huge airport there, it was very easy. I would…

Accent?

Lauren Kondalski Majors: Marketing & Criminal Justice Paderno del Grappa, Italy The CIMBA program hosts more than 35 universities across the United States. With this comes a wide variety of people from different cities, backgrounds, etc. One of the prominent shock periods about the students when arriving at CIMBA was hearing all of the different…

Bonn Bound

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 In a few short days I’ll be in Germany. It will be my first time abroad, unless you count Canada for a day. But I couldn’t bike along the Rhine in Canada. Doing a study abroad in Bonn, Germany seemed as first like it would…

Growing, Changing, Adjusting in Argentina

Jordyn Mott Majors: Spanish Education & English Education Spring 2017 Semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina I’ve been here almost a week now and there have been a lot of adjustments. For me, one of the hardest parts has been that I am not surrounded by people who know me well. I really feed off of…

4 Things I Wish I Could Pack in My Suitcase

Lauren Kondalski Majors: Marketing & Criminal Justice Paderno del Grappa, Italy As I sit on the plane waiting for take off I have complied a short list of things I couldn’t fit in my suitcase, but wished I could. My boyfriend As cliché as this number one thing is, it’s so true. I wish I…

When Everyone Leaves — You Wait

Jordyn Mott Majors: Spanish Education & English Education Spring 2017 Semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina As Christmas break comes to an end you slowly watch your friends head back to school, reunite with their other friends, and start their semesters. You’re excited for your trip but its not within grasp yet. It’s too soon to…