90% Vegan

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Spring 2018 Before leaving to study abroad in Italy, I’d been a dedicated vegan for nearly half a year. I decided that once I arrived in Italy, I would give up the lifestyle and introduce eggs and dairy back into my diet—never meat though, that is a…

The Things I’m Going To Miss

Hanna Fussman Tourism and Travel Major Bonn University, Spring 2018 Obviously, I have things at home that I miss. My parents, my dogs, my boyfriend, my car, my mom’s cooking. The list goes on. But after TIME weeks in Germany, there are so many things that I have no idea how I will live without…

A Truly Remarkable Experience

Frederick Keeslar History Major Chinese Language and Culture (Faculty-Led), Summer II 2017 Last summer, I studied abroad for two weeks in Beijing, China. The emphasis of the class was on Chinese language and culture. We had classes in the morning and later in the day we would visit a culturally significant site. As a historian…

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: Planting Seeds of Hope

Sierra Penny Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, The Cacique Inn. Our first destination was the Mayan Families preschool in Panajachel. “Mayan Families” is a non-profit organization that educates, feeds, shelters and heals several small Mayan…

Guatemala 2018: Community Health in Guatemala

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 The two themes of the course can initially seem unrelated.  What does permaculture have to do with health.  However we quickly learned the intimate connection, which can be best summed up by an ancestral phrase from one of the directors at…

Guatemala 2018: A Full Day

Nicole Samaroo Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We did so much today that thinking back on it, I really can’t believe it all happened today. No one can say that study abroad trips are boring or don’t have anything to do. Our day was…

Just The Beginning

Savanna Everett Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Major Business and Culture in Thailand, Summer I, 2017. Thailand is a country that lies in the heart of Southeast Asia, known for being the Land of Smiles and home to exotic beaches, amazing food and wonderful people. It is also home to unique merchandising and business environment….

New Experiences And Challenges In Spain

Sarah Basar Education Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program (Faculty-Led), Summer II, 2017 Studying abroad in Spain helped me to better understand how non-American people view Americans. I found that, in Spain, there are some common stereotypes about Americans—they think we are very loud and wild when we drink, for example, and also that everyone…

Great Impact In The Netherlands

Dennis Schneider Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Major HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Fall 2017 My study abroad experiences greatly impacted my academic pursuits in several ways. My long term academic pursuit is to obtain my master’s in business administration (MBA) after completing my major in Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering. Completing a minor study in…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…