To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 The day started at the crack of 9:30 with excitement about the day’s excitement for a trip with friends to Lake Biwa. To be honest I had no idea what people wanted to do with going to the lake, I didn’t even really know…

A Step Across The World

Alyssa Lem Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, summer I 2017 Studying abroad quickly became one of the most savored memories at my time at WMU, so much so, that I decided to study abroad twice. My first trip was to Italy in 2015, one of the greatest experiences seeing art,…

Making The Right Choice

Kaitlyn Watson Advertising Major Business and culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2016 I participating in the Advertising and Promotion 2‐week study abroad in the Dominican Republic trip led by Dr. Karen Lancendorfer and Greg Gerfen. It was great to see the cultural perspective; what Advertising is like in another country. We met up…

A Lasting And Deep Impact

Kristie Hsieh Occupational Therapy Graduate Program International Perspectives on Aging- Spring Break, Spring 2017 During the trip to Ireland we visited many different sites that have had a great positive impact in my academics.  One experience that is significant to me is the visit to the smart home.  Seeing the technology being used in the…

Understanding Life In Other Cultures

Samantha Lessard Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging-Spring break, Spring 2017 While in Ireland, we go to experience how the geriatric population is treated by healthcare workers, their families, community and how they view themselves. As a soon to be occupational therapist, it was very informative to see how different geriatrics are treated in…

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…

A Truly Humbling Experience

Kylie Adams Criminal Justice and Psychology Double Major University of Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2017 In March 2017 I left for my semester-long study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.  Prior to my departure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had done a fair amount of research to familiarize…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Rachel Anderson Interdisciplinary Health Services and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos program, Fall 2017 At times, pictures simply cannot do justice to demonstrate the beauty of things in life. In the same way, I am certain there is no way to fully explain my experience studying abroad in Burgos, Spain. The buildings, streets, food,…

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…

Sorting Through Week 1 in Bangalore – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 6

Joe Haiduc Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 Today we went to one of the Parikrma schools in Bangalore. At this school, the kids come from families that are very poor and have so little. When we were watching the introduction video, they mentioned how they go to kids’ houses to…

End Of Orientation And Dealing With Disappointment

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018   The end of this week brings the end of the Study Abroad Orientation. I won’t exactly be missing it. In general, this week has had some better moments, but has also had its fair share of trials as well. Now though, with all…