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…

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…

New And Different Experiences In China

Bionca Stewart Major: Pre-Psychology Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017. When I arrived in Beijing I didn’t think I would have culture shock to anything because I mentally prepped myself for everything. I can say that I did NOT prep myself for everything! The one thing that was not put on my list was…

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Efua Dankwa-Smith Major: Biomedical Sciences Universidad de Cantabria undergrad program, summer II, 2016 While attending the Universidad de Cantabria I took 3 courses: Studies in Hispanic Culture, Spanish Grammar, and Spanish Conversation. I feel like throughout my experience in Santander, the one thing that stuck out to me the most were the cultural differences between…

What I Love About Spain

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The Spaniards have a great style, everyone is always very put together. Unless someone is going to work out, you do not see many people wearing casual work-out clothes or leggings. Even the people who are on the side of the street…

Two Different Worlds, One Perspective

Kaitlin LaRue Major: Global and International Studies and Political Science Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic-Global Ambassadors Program, Summer II 2017. For the past four days, I’ve been in the Dominican Republic as a WMU Global Ambassador, exploring the streets of Santo Domingo, trying new foods, and learning about the rich history and culture…

Communication Failures

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The first time I had a communication failure was the first day in Spain. I knew it was bound to happen, but it really made me anxious for the rest of my program. I went to Madrid first before traveling to Santander. We had…

What To Eat In London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Okay peeps, the transformation is so real! I transitioned into the English lifestyle quite well. There was a mild culture shock in the beginning of the semester but it did not have as serious effect on me as it…

The Strangeness Of Coming Home

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Being back in the USA, I am not out of place, no one thinks that I’m not American, and everyone’s first inclination is to speak English with me. It’s easy, comfortable, relaxed, and a little boring. It’s about two weeks now that I’ve been back…

Livin’ It Up London Style

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Speaking of money, has anyone got some to spare? London is expensive! Do stick to a realistic budget while spending time here, otherwise you will end up spending more than you realized. With leaving in London, which is generally…

Saying Farewell

Taylor Bird Public Relations Media Ethics in London, summer II 2017 Hello loves, And just like that, 16 days passed, and this Media Ethics trip has come to a close. No more early mornings for class, or to listen to guest speakers. No more visits to amazing companies. No more walking tours through intricate cities….

France Under A Microscope

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 So, I am required to read this book while I’m here (yes I know, gasp, I have homework!). The book is called Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau.  I’m not going to write you a book report, but the big introductory point of the book…