To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese 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…

Dealing With Real Life Issues

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Florence Italy, Spring 2018    When you go off to study abroad, you get an idea that your experience will be a break from your real life—that living in another country will be somehow easier or that problems you have to deal with as a burgeoning adult won’t…

A Truly Humbling Experience

Kylie Adams Criminal Justice and Psychology Double Major University of Cape Town, South Africa, Spring 2017 In March 2017 I left for my semester-long study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.  Prior to my departure, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I had done a fair amount of research to familiarize…

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…

110 Arabian Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco At the beginning of my semester, I wrote 5 questions that I hoped I would be able to answer by the end of the semester. Naturally, nothing went as planned. The streets looked nothing like how I pictured them, and I…

A Cornucopia Of Events-IndiBroncos 2017 Day 3

Brianna Brown Anthropology and Spanish Majors Social Justice and Sustainability in India, Fall 2017. Today could be described as a cornucopia of events. A good mix of every kind of emotion from hope to humility. Early in the day we took a bus through the bustling traffic to the International Society For Krishna Consciousness where…

Feeling Empowered In Chile

Suzanna Peczeniuk-Hoffman Business Administration Major Business and culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017. Studying abroad in Santiago, Chile was the most amazing opportunity in Western Michigan University’s MBA program. Initially, I did not know what to expect. I was nervous because I did not know anyone in my program and had never been…

Life-Changing Opportunities in India

Nirvana Houston Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Social Justice and Sustainability program, Fall 2017 Traveling has always been a passion of mine. I’ve Traveled many places within the United States, and once internationally to Europe. I found that I really enjoyed being immersed in another culture, and learning the ways of other people. There are so…

Pinch Me, I’m Dreaming!

Adia Robbins Journalism Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 It’s now July 11th and this place is everything I imagined and more! My dream place is no longer a dream…I think. It doesn’t actually feel like I’m here, it just looks like all of my google searches have come to life. Got off…

My Dream Place!

Adia Robbins Journalism Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 Everyone has that one place they can’t wait to visit. I remember growing up and it was always Paris, France. I even decided to stop taking Spanish in school and switch to French. Let’s just say I wasn’t the best at it and got…

My First Day at Mohammed V University

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The afternoon was surprisingly less sweltering an hour before my first class at the local university, but my hair was frizzing up around my face from the humidity. Mohammad, one of the teaching assistants at the IES Abroad Center,…