The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Always Find Happiness

Jake Sanderson Marketing Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017 This trip has shown me a lot about the country and a lot about myself. It has truly been beneficial and will continue to be throughout my business professional life. I have learned a large amount of ways that the Dominican…

Mint Tea, Tajine, & Moroccan Cuisine

-Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Moroccan food is carb and meat-heavy and laden in unique spices and oils. At home, many families eat with their hands from one giant, round plate. Various types of bread or cous-cous is served with each meal to use…

Preserving History

Lillian Manning Interior Design Major Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence, Summer I 2017 This class was full of site seeing, great foods, and lots of movement. I learned that studying abroad wasn’t just about the final destination, it’s also about the travel experience. I usually don’t fly anywhere on a Friday and this…

Food & Culture

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 So far, food has been one of my favourite things about living in Manchester. There’s hundreds of different restaurants to choose from as well as different cuisines. I’ve grown very fond of a local café that’s fairly close to the school, but…

Enjoying Every Moment in South Africa

Maria Jaramillo Biochemistry Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa , Summer I 2017. My experience in South Africa was unbelievable. While I was away, I did my best to live in and enjoy every moment. Whether we were in a classroom, interacting with the local community, or travelling to the different destinations, there…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Unexpected Surprises in the Dominican Republic.

Katie Sullivan Occupational Therapy Major  Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017. Before going to the Dominican Republic, I was unsure of what to expect. I had heard from others that the area we were staying in was impoverished, with no running water in the surrounding areas of the orphanage. Even…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Comprehending The Great Gift And Honor Of Living In Another Country

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Today was another, long, interesting, exciting, and extremely productive day! That’s something I couldn’t say often at Western. Most days were productive. Many were interesting. A few were long and exciting, but after the first few days of events and newness at Western, I…

Gaining Confidence In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Leader Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, fall 2017 On August 20th 2017, I went on a trip to San Pedro in the Dominican Republic that change my life by helping me grow personally, professionally, and academically. This was my first trip out of the country and first…

Great Friends And New Experiences In Spain

Ashley Veihl Environmental Studies Major Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate program, Summer II 2017 Studying abroad this summer in Santander, Spain was undoubtedly a life-changing experience for me. I believe study abroad is priceless because it gives you real-life knowledge about culture, customs, dialect, and language that can’t fully be understood just from spending time in…