El Machismo

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. The United States has faced issues with gender equality since the beginning of its existence, and at this very moment we are facing some fairly difficult challenges with women being viewed equally in our society.  However, there are also a lot…

Communication in Cuba

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. As some of you may recall, in my first blog post I talked about how I was a little worried about the lack of internet here in Cuba, and how I would communicate with everyone. Well, this post it to explain…

The Time I Caught a Cold in Japan

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese & Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 Soooo….. about one month into my study in Japan, I caught a cold. Nothing severe. Headache, sore throat, runny nose. The usual. Now, this may not seem like a big deal, but it can be confusing as to how to care…

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…

Be Here Now

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Transitioning to life in a foreign country without wi-fi to cushion or distract my disorientation was challenging exercise in mindfulness. Without e-mail to check, Facebook to peruse, research to poke through, or indeed, the ability to post to this blog, I was completely available…

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….

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…

The Spider and the Wasp

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017  I initially had no desire to write about this, because it’s a controversial subject; but it exists, and it’s part of the culture, and I went. Hemingway, for all his masculine straightforwardness, was himself perplexed at how to approach the subject. There’s…

N.ever E.nd P.eace A.nd L.ove

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 My name is Carly Baldwin and in the Fall of 2018 I will be a fifth year senior.  I am studying Early Childhood Education and Spanish.  I recently went on a sixteen-day study abroad program to Nepal…