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…

Sorry Mom, But I Think I Lost My Passport

Ellie Heinz Major: Marketing Summer II Global Ambassadors Scholarship Program, 2017  Hey there, as a rookie taking on the opportunity of studying abroad for the very first time, let’s just say getting lost isn’t my first fear on the “fear list”. The biggest fear that’s hovering over my head is that of losing my passport. Now that…

Saying Goodbye

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 Absolutely, the communication barriers by the end of the trip were mostly gone! I had really fallen into place with my host family. Our communication was on a high, I could understand them greatly and my Spanish had improved a lot over…

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Efua Dankwa-Smith Major: Biomedical Sciences Universidad de Cantabria undergrad program, summer II, 2016 While attending the Universidad de Cantabria I took 3 courses: Studies in Hispanic Culture, Spanish Grammar, and Spanish Conversation. I feel like throughout my experience in Santander, the one thing that stuck out to me the most were the cultural differences between…

Communication Failures

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The first time I had a communication failure was the first day in Spain. I knew it was bound to happen, but it really made me anxious for the rest of my program. I went to Madrid first before traveling to Santander. We had…

You Wont Regret It

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 I’ve had a lot of people ask me how my time was abroad and to describe it them. I find these difficult questions to answer because how do I sum up the new life I found abroad? How could I possibly do it justice in only…

What I Learned In The Dominican Republic

Jill Puckett Advertising & Promotion Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, summer I 2017. Immerse yourself in a different culture for a couple of weeks and you will find yourself looking at the world from a slightly different perspective. You learn that people act differently than yourself and that’s okay. As a citizen of…