Differences between European and American Society

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Since arriving in Europe, I have noticed many differences between European society and American society. I have experienced a little bit of culture shock since getting to Spain. I have traveled to London, Madrid, Barcelona and Nerja, Spain in the month that I have…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Despite being Asian, this was the first time that I have ever stepped foot in to an Asian Country. I did not know what to expect. The moment that I stepped out from the airport, my mind was completely blown. My first thought was there’s so many…

Getting Accustomed To A New Place

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 Alright so starting off from the get-go. I arrived to Ireland on August 31 around 4:30 a.m. It was a long flight, but by the time I walked outside of the airport and realized I would be in this beautiful country…

Cultural Norms: My Experience with Japanese Train Etiquette

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 So, I’ve been living in my little country town for a little over two weeks now and I want to start a series of posts about some of my fears for studying in a new country, and how I’m overcoming them….

El Cubañol

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. Today marks exactly one week that I have been in Cuba, but it sure feels like longer (in a good way)! I have already had some amazing experiences, met great people, and begun to look at Cuba through a new lense….

Studying in the Japanese Countryside

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 はじめまして。グレースと申します。専攻は日本語と国際関係で、五年生です。今学期、日本の大東文化大学に留学しています。 Hello! My name is Grace. I am a 5thyear Japanese and Global & International Studies double major at Western Michigan University (WMU). Currently, I am spending one year studying abroad in Japan. The university I am studying at is Daito…

A Fascination that Turned into Study Abroad

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 When I was little, there was a TV show that had an episode that featured Japan. I was unaware of this country, but I was fascinated by the scenery, food, the traditional clothing, and Japan’s culture overall. I knew that I wanted to visit one day. What…

iHola, Madrid!

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 iHola, Madrid! Despite my genuine excitement and readiness for this experience, the idea of arriving in a foreign country sans abode certainly kept me up at night over the summer. Indeed, it was perhaps the most stress-inducing reality of preparing to leave. Fulbright advised…

“Cuba….are you serious??”

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University if Havana, Fall 2018. “Cuba….are you serious??” That’s the reaction that I got from almost every person that I told about my plans to study abroad in Cuba this semester (especially my parents). And right about now, as I’m sitting in the airport in Grand…

Weekends

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II Two months of free time on the weekends in Santander sounds nice… and it was.  However, that sentence is a bit misleading.  Yes, we had tons of free time on the weekends, but sometimes we went on mandatory excursions as a…

Things to know about Scotland

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 Though I am by no means an expert, here are a few things I learned in my month on the other side of the pond. Do a little research before you leave to find out if you have any…

Where the Wind Blows

Sasha Bosco Major: Spanish and Tourism and Travel Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II Nobody expects the worst when travelling—we all hope for the best, smoothest and safest journey. However, this did not happen for me. My trip started off as quite the adventure, to say the least. An enjoyable combination of poor weather, missed…