Group Dynamics

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador We’re towards the end of our trip now, and the flight home looms closer every day. I am ecstatic. I miss my family and my friends. I’m looking forward to the second half of summer and my job. I’ve loved being here in Ecuador, and…

“Adventure Is Out There”

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand I am super excited to travel to Thailand. I think the phrase that best describes how I’m feeling at this moment is from a well-known movie UP, “Adventure is out there!”. After attending the pre-departure…

Thailand’s River-Ways

Austin Malotke Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing Thailand Study Abroad Being in Bangkok is an extremely different experience than any US city. In this last year I’ve been to New York City and trying to compare these two are night and day. I truly thought that I would be able to compare the two…

My Mom’s Total 180

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book Arts in Italy So today we take off for Italy! It doesn’t feel quite real yet. I remember when I first asked my mom about taking this trip my sophomore year of college; her answer was “oh my goodness no! There’s too many bad things happening in…

Fears, Friends, Fun: Preparing for a Trip of a Lifetime

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand Not being understood is my biggest fear in life. Now, I am traveling to a place where the majority of people will not understand me. Walking through the streets of Bangkok hustling past people who I have never…

Nos Vemos

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Thank you to WMU Study Abroad for allowing me to share my Fulbright experience on this blog, and thank you, dear reader! ————————- On my way out Next week is my last day at FSG and the conclusion of my Fulbright grant. This English…

Pass the Roosterkoek Please!

Madison Hybels Major: Interdisciplinary Health Sevices Program:Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa One of my favorite things I brought home from my time in South Africa is the concept of a braai. A braai is similar to a barbecue in the states, but with a greater focus on catching up with friends, really…

The Cure for Homesickness

Kathryn Elms Major: Organizational Communication Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I go home, I am going to miss the mountains most of all. Every morning, I walk to the university: La Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, which is about 15 minutes away from my host family. Some mornings the mountains are hidden behind…

A Subtle Convincing Can Take You A Long Way

Madeline Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan My name is Madeline Burda, and I will be studying abroad in Japan for 90 days during Summer I and Summer II. I am enrolled in a religious faculty led program as well as a language program for summer II. I chose Japan because…

Pre-Departure Feels:

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have heard that the only way to learn a new language is to either start learning when you are very young or to become fully immersed in the culture. Since I am now 20 years old, I no longer fit into the first option,…

Learning to be Independent: What Studying Abroad has done for me!

Katie Elms Major(s):Organizational Communication Program:Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I decided to study abroad, I never figured it would be a family adventure. I’m sitting now in a hotel room near Chicago’s O’hare airport. Today, my family drove me down to Chicago so we wouldn’t have to rush in the morning for my flight at…