Best Experience Of My Life In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Marquardt Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives in Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Winter Break 2016.  My study abroad trip was one of the best experiences of my college career. I grew so much in such a short amount of time, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, I understood what it felt…

Meaningful Memories In Ireland

Krystal York Electrical Engineering Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Spring Break 2017. During the International Perspectives on Aging trip to Ireland, I had many meaningful interactions with older people at nursing homes and community centers. Each interaction brought more knowledge and understanding regarding the aging process. My most memorable conversations with older adults happened…

First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

Changing Outlooks In Ireland

Judith Sahakian Nursing Major International Perspectives on Aging, Ireland, Summer II 2017. From June 28th to July 12th, I studied abroad in Ireland regarding the perspective on aging in the older population.  Not only was this a wonderful educational experience, but it also shaped my character as well. I have found that I am more…

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…

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,…

Immersion Of Culture In The Dominican Republic

Sylvia Albeo Exercise Science Major Intercultural Communications and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, spring 2017 This study abroad experience has enhanced my academic pursuits because it has opened my eyes, and has given me a different perspective on living and communication that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t study abroad. To be more specific…

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…

I Left a Piece of My Heart in the Dominican Republic.

Kaitlin LaRue Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic-Global Ambassadors Program, Summer II 2017. Within just nine days of exploring, learning, and meeting so many amazing people from the Dominican Republic, a part of my heart is missing. And I can happily say that that piece is…

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…

New Experiences In Peru

Elizabeth Machado Educational Leadership Urubamba, Peru; Education, Service, and International Development,Summer I 2017 Prior to my arrival at Western to attend graduate school, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I had an influential study abroad experience as an undergraduate and I knew the second time around I not only wanted to go abroad,…

Living Like A Local In Utrecht

Maria McDaniel Major: Occupational Therapy Focus on Healthcare: Summer School Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II, 2017. My trip to the Netherlands was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. I learned an incredible amount in my Healthy aging class that I took at Universiteit Utrecht, but I believed I learned an even greater…