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…

New Beginnings and Sakura Trees

Sarah Noah Major: Japanese, Travel & Tourism Ritsumeikan University, Japan It is my favorite time of the year! Spring has finally come to Japan! That means warmer days, a bit more rain, but most importantly: sakura.  Especially the first couple days of April have produced beautiful cherry blossoms almost everywhere in Kyoto.  Even on campus…

Discovering Europe: Places to Visit While Abroad

Jonathan Choszczyk Major: Business CIMBA Business, Paderno del Grappa, Italy During the time I have spent here in Europe I have been a lot of places but I must say that the place I enjoyed most was Germany.  Everything from its architecture, both old and new was a breathtaking sight. I deeply enjoyed their culture (and…

Early Reverse Culture Shock

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese It’s been a long two months of spring vacation. Unlike in America, here in Japan we had TWO whole months of relaxation. We return to classes in the next couple of weeks and the new students have arrived. It’s been interesting to see the new students and…