The Perfect Balance

Keeley Van Blaicom Business Administration Major Business and Culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017 Engaging in a study abroad to Santiago, Chile was not a long time dream that I had imagined conquering.  However, being given the opportunity to venture south of the border I couldn’t refuse. The more I looked into Chilean…

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

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…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…

Making A Difference In The Dominican Republic

Brooke Nuccio Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017 By being able to take a step back and look at other cultural perspectives through a different lens, I can efficiently work with future clients whose cultures differ from my own.  We worked in a multidisciplinary team with members…

5 Things To Stress About Before A Semester In Rabat.

Morgan McCullough Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Non-WMU Program, Rabat Morocco, Fall 2017. The countdown in my phone is telling me that there are only 13 more days until I board a flight from Detroit to Madrid, where I will muster up some confidence and slowly make my way to Rabat. So many…

Mind Opening Experiences In Peru

Chase Latka Gender and Women’s studies major Education, Service and International Development in Peru, Summer I 2017. Studying abroad in Peru opened up my mind to the options I have with my major and minors moving forward after college. I didn’t realize that I had so many options when it came to my major. When…

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…

Why I Skipped Graduation To Study Abroad

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 I know what you’re thinking: “Why would anyone in their right mind want to do that?” While skipping your planned graduation date isn’t actually necessary, you should really consider taking advantage of any opportunity to travel that comes your way. In my…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

The Impact Of Studying Abroad

Cassidy Crouch Spanish and Bio med Majors Universidad de Cantabria, Summer II 2017 Throughout my four years of studying Spanish here I have sat through many student presentations about their study abroad experiences and every single one of them ended by saying that studying abroad changed their life. I finally decided to go abroad during…