Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

Japan Starter Kit

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Starting from scratch in a new country can seem like a daunting task at first with having to do things like getting supplies, being able to use your phone, applying for residency, and setting up insurance among other things. On top of those,…

IndiBroncos Day 7: Rethink ‘Living the Dream’

Maggie Scannell Major: Management India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2018   It is 4 am right now in Bangalore, India. I am wide awake. In the bathroom chilling (because I don’t want to wake my roommate since we don’t have to meet up as a group until 7:30 a.m.). Using the toilet as…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

El Machismo

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. The United States has faced issues with gender equality since the beginning of its existence, and at this very moment we are facing some fairly difficult challenges with women being viewed equally in our society.  However, there are also a lot…

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…

Arriving in Madrid

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Non-WMU Program: Saint Louis University: Madrid, Fall 2018 The Essentials to Starting Off in Madrid 1.  Currency I pre-ordered money from my bank, so I would have euros to get a taxi from the airport to my apartment. This was a great idea as I didn’t have to pay…

Communication in Cuba

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. As some of you may recall, in my first blog post I talked about how I was a little worried about the lack of internet here in Cuba, and how I would communicate with everyone. Well, this post it to explain…

Language in Europe

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 The past couple weeks traveling through Germany, France, and Spain have taught me a lot. I particularly wanted to talk about language. I always hear about how English is the second most spoken language in the world. What I did…

Living with the Locals

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 I have been in Burgos for almost two months now and have loved every second of the trip. Adjusting to the culture has not been a problem for me at all, but I know that is not the same for everyone in my group….

Keeping in Contact While Abroad

Adrianna Turner Major: English Non-WMU AIFS: Grenoble, France “But what about my phone?” Before departing for France, I scoured the internet for ways to keep in contact with my family. Every other blog I read told me the best course of action for a semester was to just get a French SIM card and you…