My Life in the Netherlands

Samantha Kulhanek Nursing Major Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht 2015 My name is Samantha Kulhanek and I am entering my senior year of Western Michigan University’s Nursing program. I recently embarked on the journey of a lifetime to The Netherlands as part of Western Michigan University’s study abroad program. There, I had the…

Everyone Needs a Little Help Sometimes

Alexis Lenderman Majors: Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Leadership University of Cape Town, South Africa You know what the greatest high in the world is??? Doing something for someone else. On my way home after eating at Coco Wah Wah, I saw a group of homeless men/women standing on the corner near Woolies and I went into…

A Year’s Time

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese I remember first thinking of study abroad. How long should I stay? When you’re only considering it, one semester seems like it’s a long time. We are all strongly encouraged to stay longer than a semester and after my first month here I couldn’t believe that some…

Early Reverse Culture Shock

Holly Toner Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan Major: Japanese It’s been a long two months of spring vacation. Unlike in America, here in Japan we had TWO whole months of relaxation. We return to classes in the next couple of weeks and the new students have arrived. It’s been interesting to see the new students and…

Greener Grass: What I Learned About America By Living Somewhere Else

Alicia Baker Major: Advertising CIMBA: Paderno del Grappa, Italy Since arriving at CIMBA, I’ve been asked one question more than any other: “So, why did you choose to study abroad?” Well, I could honestly give you about 50 different reasons beginning with “I wanted to learn about another culture” and ending with, “It sounded cool.” This…

First Experiences in Paderborn, Germany

Jesse Imanse Sales and Business Marketing University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany Spring Semester 2016 The Arrival The journey to Germany went smooth as one could hope for. None of my flights were delayed and to my surprise, I was upgraded to first class free of charge. The ample leg room and complimentary beverages made…

Never Fitting In

Alex Taylor Major: Creative Writing English Non-WMU Program Florence, Italy Looking to my left, one student is shopping for a new pair of converse. To the right, another is booking a weekend trip to Amsterdam. In the front row, a YouTube video plays- a highlight video of LeBron’s son. And next to him, another laptop…

The Library Card

Alex Taylor Major: English Program: Florence, Italy Caffe Brunelleschi 06 January 2016 08:13 The aged-stone that crystallized together into a formidable structure caught my eye across the Arno river. The sunlight reflected off the dull clay rooftop of the attractive building- a building in which most Americans don’t dare explore. I pursued the mystery and…