Holidays and Matsuri in Japan

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services and Japanese Keio University, AY 18-19 It’s officially been 3 months here in Japan, and boy does time fly. It may be December now, but it finally feels like Autumn. Even though the Christmas season has started, and Christmas lights everywhere have been put up, the Autumn leaves still…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

American Holidays (and Autumn) in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 It’s hard to believe it’s been over 2 months since I arrived in Japan- sometimes it feels like it’s only been a week or so, and sometimes it feels so much longer. I’m all set to experience a traditional Japanese autumn. Autumn is one of…

Halloween was Called What…?

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. The celebrations here in Ireland are a little bit more extravagant than back home. Back home people go all out with parties, but there is more history and traditions here that I loved learning about. Traditionally, I always thought that Halloween came from the Mexican celebration…

Shukransgiving & Sahara Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco “Why do you take the covers off?” my host mom’s friend asked, giggling. I was hunched over a pile of potatoes and scraping at the skin with a dull knife. My roommate and I were making mashed potatoes for…

Bastille Day Is Not Independence Day

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello everyone! I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the exciting events of Bastille Day. Bastille Day is the 14th of July and is often compared to the 4th of July in the United States. With this being said, I assumed that Bastille Day…

The First of May

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Here in Germany, the first of May is not just Labor Day, but a day of celebration, tokens of love, and protesting. This past Monday I didn’t have class at the University or work at my internship. Like most other Germans, I had the day…

The Magic of Cape Town

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 Hello from Cape Town! I have been living in Cape Town, South Africa for almost two months now and I still cannot believe it. The experiences I have been having are incredible on a day-to-day basis and the people that I have…

Celebrating Christmas Abroad

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 Every year, at least person says, “It’s not about the presents, it’s about the presence”. As I got older, I would agree more and more with this statement, but I would still except multiple presents. This year, though, I received two presents (one…

December: Month 3 at Doshisha

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 It’s been about three months now, and I’m realizing a year just isn’t as long as I thought it was. When I first got here, I questioned if I would be able to handle being gone for a year, and I wondered why…

A Year’s Time

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese I remember first thinking of study abroad. How long should I stay? When you’re only considering it, one semester seems like it’s a long time. We are all strongly encouraged to stay longer than a semester and after my first month here I couldn’t believe that some…