Always Stay Humble and Kind

Meriah Putnam Major: Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic Summer I, 2017 I think the song “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw has the perfect message for everyone, especially when you are traveling abroad to places that are less well off than your own country. Traveling to the Dominican Republic has…

China… HERE I COME!

Miranda McDowell Major: Health Education: Community Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 It’s hard to believe I am leaving for China in two short days! It feels like the time has flown by in preparation for the trip and I know the time will fly by even faster while I am there. My…

It Wasn’t Beautiful Until it Felt Like Home

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I had seen all the pictures before, of the great beautiful canary yellow Hauptgebäude, of the Rhine River and the great Cathedral of Cologne, and wondered when it would be my turn to witness it myself, to stand where history stood. When…

In and Out of Stockholm

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Everyone has that dream of traveling the world: to see and embrace new cultures and meet new people! I have been blessed with that opportunity during my study abroad and have fully taken advantage of it. Being able…

Hiroshima

Darcy Boyea English and Japanese major Doshisha University, Japan Academic Year 2016-2017 My parents just flew in and will be here for about a weak and a half, and I’m very excited to be able to not only spend some time with them, but also show them around the country I’ve grown to love so…

First Culture Shocks in Argentina

Jordyn Mott Majors: Spanish Education & English Education Spring 2017 Semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina Platform shoes. Everyone is wearing them. To me, they are hideous. But they are everywhere. Even some with fringes. On young and old people. I’m either going to leave this country wearing them or hating them. Greenery. It’s a big…

4 Things I Wish I Could Pack in My Suitcase

Lauren Kondalski Majors: Marketing & Criminal Justice Paderno del Grappa, Italy As I sit on the plane waiting for take off I have complied a short list of things I couldn’t fit in my suitcase, but wished I could. My boyfriend As cliché as this number one thing is, it’s so true. I wish I…

Don’t be afraid to try new things!

Maheen Gill Undergraduate graduate summer 2016- Organizational Communication Summer 2016- July through August La Universidad de Cantabria- Santander, Spain Spanish conversation, Spanish grammar, Spanish history and culture When the thought of studying abroad ever came to my mind, I just thought that it wasn’t “for me”.  I didn’t think that I was qualified, experienced, brave…

A “Traditional Indian Welcome”

The India Gateway Program officially began on Sunday morning with a “Traditional Indian Welcome.” That included receiving a garland of flowers and a red dot between the eyes. The ceremony continued with the Lighting of the Lamp. The presences of light is important because it symbolizes knowledge and the absence of darkness, grief and unhappiness….

Year 3 for Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala

The third Western Michigan University study abroad trip to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is planned for travel in early March 2017.  This year, we will be traveling with 12 students, including students from social work, occupational therapy, sociology, and nursing programs, and two faculty Drs. Jennifer Harrison and Alan Messinger.  We will partner again with non-governmental…