The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

Adjusting To University Life In Mexico

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Universidad Latina de America is in the top three best universities in Morelia, in fact it’s a private school.  This was a challenge for me since I have only attended public schools. Well, there’s a first time for everything right?…

Dealing With Real Life Issues

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Florence Italy, Spring 2018    When you go off to study abroad, you get an idea that your experience will be a break from your real life—that living in another country will be somehow easier or that problems you have to deal with as a burgeoning adult won’t…

Still Things To Learn

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Morelia, Mexico is where I am doing my Study Abroad at and where my parents are from, and yet there are still things to learn. Money, for example is valued in pesos. Currently, every US dollar is worth 17.5 Pesos….

The Challenges Were Worth It

Sarah Piper Public Relations Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 The challenge in reflecting about a study abroad experience is that the cliches are true. When a student returns home and says that studying abroad is both difficult and worthwhile: they sound like a broken record repeating what every other student has ever said, but…

110 Arabian Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco At the beginning of my semester, I wrote 5 questions that I hoped I would be able to answer by the end of the semester. Naturally, nothing went as planned. The streets looked nothing like how I pictured them, and I…

We Made It! – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 1

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructors of these courses, Jennifer and Timothy, are writing the introduction blog for their programs….

Feeling Prepared

Brienna Haack Pre-Occupational Therapy Major Social Justice and Sustainability Program, Fall 2017. As we prepare to depart to India tomorrow, I am getting very anxious, but in a good way! All of our preparation meetings are completed, we have our things together, and now it’s down to last minute packing, saying good-bye to family and…

My Dream Place!

Adia Robbins Journalism Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 Everyone has that one place they can’t wait to visit. I remember growing up and it was always Paris, France. I even decided to stop taking Spanish in school and switch to French. Let’s just say I wasn’t the best at it and got…

My ‘Aha’ Moments

Korrin Gholston Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 Allow me to begin by stating that learning abroad should be a requirement for any degree curriculum at Western.  The lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve shared with the many people involved with this class far exceeded my expectations. …

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…