“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

The Many Differences In Senegal

Daniel Tennant Economics and Geography Majors Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led) (Dakar)  program, Summer I 2017 Dakar was dramatically different than every other environment that I had previously been to in almost every way possible. I had been to Arizona a few different times and spent time in the…

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…

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…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

Unique Experiences In Europe

Madeline Galer Photography and Intermedia Major Book Arts in Europe, summer I 2017 Our daily life was very different than back in the states. One major difference between life here and life in Europe was how much walking you would do in one day. Cars and taxis weren’t very common in the cities we visited…

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…

New And Different Experiences In China

Bionca Stewart Major: Pre-Psychology Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017. When I arrived in Beijing I didn’t think I would have culture shock to anything because I mentally prepped myself for everything. I can say that I did NOT prep myself for everything! The one thing that was not put on my list was…

Two Different Worlds, One Perspective

Kaitlin LaRue Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic-Global Ambassadors Program, Summer II 2017. For the past four days, I’ve been in the Dominican Republic as a WMU Global Ambassador, exploring the streets of Santo Domingo, trying new foods, and learning about the rich history and culture…

You Wont Regret It

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 I’ve had a lot of people ask me how my time was abroad and to describe it them. I find these difficult questions to answer because how do I sum up the new life I found abroad? How could I possibly do it justice in only…

The Strangeness Of Coming Home

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Being back in the USA, I am not out of place, no one thinks that I’m not American, and everyone’s first inclination is to speak English with me. It’s easy, comfortable, relaxed, and a little boring. It’s about two weeks now that I’ve been back…