Spring Has Sprung

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 My mom keeps telling me about the lovely snowstorms we’ve been getting back in Michigan. On one hand, it’s April, so why? On the other hand, should we really be surprised? This is Michigan, after all. Meanwhile, for me, I’m living in the Spring heat….

The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

The Best Decision I Ever Made

Bridget Hendrick Music Therapy Major Lyon Summer Program, Summer II 2017   Studying abroad in Lyon, France, was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was challenging and scary, but also exciting and helped me to grow in many ways. I learned a lot, so much in fact, that my head hurt some…

Guatemala 2018: A Full Day

Nicole Samaroo Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We did so much today that thinking back on it, I really can’t believe it all happened today. No one can say that study abroad trips are boring or don’t have anything to do. Our day was…

Just The Beginning

Savanna Everett Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Major Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I, 2017. Thailand is a country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, known for being the Land of Smiles and home to exotic beaches, amazing food and wonderful people. It is also home to unique merchandising and business environment….

To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japanese 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,…

Hard To Say Goodbye

Leah Haase Social Work Major International Perspectives on Aging -Spring Break 2017 Sitting in the airport awaiting my flight to Dublin, Ireland, I was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I had never met any of the other people who were in this study abroad course as I am from a different major. Although I didn’t…

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…