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…

The Best and Worst of Iceland

Hey Y’all, It’s been a couple of weeks since I have been home, and I owe my loyal followers a summary of my trip to Iceland. I am still trying to wrap my mind around all that I saw; so to ensure that I don’t ramble too much, here is an extensive list of my…

Glaciers, Waterfalls, and Basalts, Oh My!

Shelby Hurst Major: Geochemistry PhD Candidate WMU Geology Club in Iceland, Summer I, 2018 Day 1: Reykjavik and adjustment Visiting a new country is always challenging. Throw in 14 other people, wind and rain, strange addresses, and language barriers into the mix and it gets even harder. Thankfully, I had lots of support upon arrival…

Take On A New Adventure

Alexis Pierce Human Resource Management Major India: Sustainability in the Developing World, Fall 2017 My trip to India, I’m not even sure how to put it into words. I’m still reliving every moment and experience. I honestly was very anxious and nervous for this trip. I have never flown or been this far. I knew…

Experiencing What New Cultures Have To Offer

Matt Faremouth Integrated Supply Management Major German Business and Culture, Summer I 2017 Studying abroad helped me grow tremendously personally, academically and professionally. I have never been to Europe before, so going there for an extended period of time was a challenge. Going out of my comfort zone and deciding to go on the trip…

The Best Year of My Life

Michelle Moore Japanese and Global and International Studies Majors Ritsumeikan University, 2015-16 Academic Year During the 2015-2016 academic school year I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. In contrast to a normal study abroad experience I personally never felt any sort of culture shock or down period during my trip. I even planned…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Guatemala 2018: The Final Day

Lauren Brya Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership Majors Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring break 2018 Alas, the final day of our trip has come to a close. As the sun situated itself in the sky we ate our last breakfast in Panajachel and lugged our suitcases to be piled up on the top…

Adapting To New Languages And Cultures

Evelyn Canny Geography Major Bonn University, Spring 2017 My study abroad experience at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany had many effects on my view of the world and exposure to different cultures. This program has provided me with opportunities for personal and professional growth through the experiences I have had while abroad. Among…

To LAKE BIWA!

Robert Van Aartsen Japanese 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…