Media Ethics in London!!!

Written By: Kaley Kelly Major: Communication Studies Program: Media Ethics in London     Hello once again my fellow Broncos! I’ve currently been in London now studying abroad for almost two weeks. Studying Media Ethics in London while representing Western Michigan University has exceeded every expectation I had before departing for this glorious journey abroad….

Londonmazoo: Surprising Similarities between London and Kalamazoo

Written by: Joshua Sanchez Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Program: Media Ethics in London As a fan of city and small-town life, I was quick to adapt to the new beat of London city life. Despite the differences of a new culture and environment, there are plenty of touches of American life or Kalamazoo…

Meeting the Genuine People of Jordan

Jacob Kubiak Majors: Global and International Studies and the Arabic language Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Since I departed the United States to study abroad in Jordan, I have met the nicest people in both Dubai and Amman. Not only are the people I have met incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are so genuine…

It’s No Starbucks

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy It feels weird being back home in the states, especially Kalamazoo for that matter. I was just getting used to the hustle and bustle of Venice, that Kalamazoo seems like a ghost town. I’m going to miss the close vicinity of everything. It…

Being Welcomed as Guest

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing & Management Program: Business and Culture in Thailand When you think third-world country typically the first couple thoughts that come to mind are dirty, uneducated, and poor. After traveling to Thailand it’s amazing to see what the local can create with what they have. There might…

Everything Is Not as It Seems

Kylie  Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic After arriving in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I exchanged money at the airport. Even though I was in a rush and quickly put my money away, I was still in awe that their currency is bright and colorful! The bills are purple, orange,…

A Changing Mind-Set

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While heading to Thailand, I began to grow concern about the communication barriers I would face. We were told there would be many times that we would be left to fend for ourselves, but leading up to the trip we were…

Mindful of One’s Surroundings

Madeline Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan   My name is Madeline Burda and I participated in a Japanese religion and culture study abroad program. Upon arrival to Japan, hearing a different language that you have only been studying for two semesters is very nerve wracking, but Japan is very accepting…

The Difficulties of Returning Back to the U.S.

Kara VanderKamp Program: Global Ambassadors in Portugal Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Finally, being back home is great, but I also miss Lisbon quite a bit. One thing I do not miss is the language barrier, it was always so awkward to try and figure out how to communicate. My language skills did not really improve…

Knowledge, Growth, and Perspectives

Amanda Kuszak Major Work: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break The beauty of Guatemala had been surreal, to say the least. Geographically the country is breathtaking and culturally it is friendly and generous. I had been taken back by the warm welcome our group received in each city we visited. Every person…

The First Month: In and out of the Classroom

Hannah Vinande Major: French Besançon, France – Spring (Faculty-Led) It has been a month since I arrived in France. I can’t believe it, but I also can. Time has been moving slow most of the time, but not that I have a rhythm to my week, things are going smother. Having been a month, I…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 I don’t even know where to start. Japan is such a unique country. From the history, to traditions, to maid cafes, there’s so much to be talked about. I only got to see a small portion of Japan’s uniqueness on the internet, but being able to witness…