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…

Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…

IndiBroncos2018: Reflections from India

Paula Shay Major: Accountancy Sustainability in India, Fall- Short Term Namaste! On Sunday, December 16th we had the opportunity to visit two very interesting places in the rural areas outside the city of Hubli in the state of Karnataka. The first stop was in the morning to a village school. We rolled into the dusty…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

Holidays and Matsuri in Japan

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Interdisciplinary Health Services and Japanese Keio University, AY 18-19 It’s officially been 3 months here in Japan, and boy does time fly. It may be December now, but it finally feels like Autumn. Even though the Christmas season has started, and Christmas lights everywhere have been put up, the Autumn leaves still…

IndiBroncos Day 8: Let the Journey Continue

Kyndall McCoy Major: Social Work: Policy, Planning, and Administration (MSW) Social Justice in India, Fall 2018 Today marks the day that we leave Bangalore, India and continue our journey on to Hubbali, India. Christ University was such a great host to us and we are nothing but grateful for their kindness and generosity throughout the…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

American Holidays (and Autumn) in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 It’s hard to believe it’s been over 2 months since I arrived in Japan- sometimes it feels like it’s only been a week or so, and sometimes it feels so much longer. I’m all set to experience a traditional Japanese autumn. Autumn is one of…