It’s No Starbucks

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy It feels weird being back home in the states, especially Kalamazoo for that matter. I was just getting used to the hustle and bustle of Venice, that Kalamazoo seems like a ghost town. I’m going to miss the close vicinity of everything. It…

“Adventure Is Out There”

Samantha McGrath Majors: Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand I am super excited to travel to Thailand. I think the phrase that best describes how I’m feeling at this moment is from a well-known movie UP, “Adventure is out there!”. After attending the pre-departure…

Bringing home more than some Spices

Austin Malotke Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business and Culture in Thailand At the end of my trip my communication improved greatly. It wasn’t the fact of actual verbal communication, but more of understanding how the Thai people approached things different from Americans as well as how to communicate without a shared…

Top 10 Observations of Lisbon, Portugal

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 1. There are 3 things to smell: cigarette smoke, cologne, and pastries 2. Even if the bus or elevator is full, you can still fit 5 more people 3. The national bird of Portugal is the rooster, but should be a pigeon 4. Every…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 I don’t even know where to start. Japan is such a unique country. From the history, to traditions, to maid cafes, there’s so much to be talked about. I only got to see a small portion of Japan’s uniqueness on the internet, but being able to witness…

Realizing That Where I Am Is Much Like Being Back Home

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, Fall 2018. Being in a foreign country, it is quite a given that there are going to be a lot of differences between that particular country and the country where you are from. Now as stated in previous blog posts, being here in Ireland is a lot…, I don’t…

Coffee and Comfort Zones

Morgan Haskins Major: Graphic and Printing Sciences Book Arts in Italy, Summer I, 2018 It’s been a little over a month since I’ve come back from my study abroad trip in Italy, and I still miss it. I miss the art classes, and the friends, and definitely the food. I ate a lot of pasta…

The Best Food of Bonn

Hanna Fussman Major: Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Spring 2018 I haven’t written all that much about my host city since getting here. Partly because I wanted to wait until I had been here for a while so I really know how it feels. The first few weeks, or even the first month, of your…

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…

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Rachel Anderson Interdisciplinary Health Services and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos program, Fall 2017 At times, pictures simply cannot do justice to demonstrate the beauty of things in life. In the same way, I am certain there is no way to fully explain my experience studying abroad in Burgos, Spain. The buildings, streets, food,…

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…