Seven Countries

Nora Owens Major: Spanish and Occupational Therapy Non-WMU, AIFS: Granada, Spain Before I even came to Spain, I knew that I wanted to travel around Europe. It is so easy to travel in Europe and often can be pretty cheap. I came here wanting to travel three or four weekends a month, but I realized…

What I Actually Learned Studying Abroad

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I spent the last 3 months of my life living in Northern Italy and traveling Europe. Here are a few takeaways: 1. Don’t listen to what people tell you about the country you’re going to study in if they’ve never been there themselves! I…

IndiBroncos Day 8: Let the Journey Continue

Kyndall McCoy Major: Social Work: Policy, Planning, and Administration (MSW) Social Justice in India, Fall 2018 Today marks the day that we leave Bangalore, India and continue our journey on to Hubbali, India. Christ University was such a great host to us and we are nothing but grateful for their kindness and generosity throughout the…

IndiBroncos Day 2: A Warm Welcome

  Mary Dempsey Major: Social Work Social Justice in India, Fall 2018   The first full day in India was nothing short of stupendous! Waking up the first day, after a long traveling period was not as tough as I anticipated. I woke up to someone playing their trumpet, and a rooster trying to wake…

IndiBroncos Day 1: Exhaustion and Adventure

These blogs are part of the Social Justice and Sustainability, and the India: Sustainability in the Developing World programs during winter break. These programs are two different courses working together, sort of like two halves of one big program. The instructor of one of these courses, Timothy Palmer, is writing the introduction blog for their…

Weekends while Abroad

Michael Mikolajczak Major: Spanish, Finance Universidad de Burgos, Spain, Fall 2018 During my time in Spain, I have had a lot of free time. The classes here are by no means a walk in the park, but I would say they are easier than the classes back in Kalamazoo. With less homework and tests to…

Arriving in Madrid

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Non-WMU Program: Saint Louis University: Madrid, Fall 2018 The Essentials to Starting Off in Madrid 1.  Currency I pre-ordered money from my bank, so I would have euros to get a taxi from the airport to my apartment. This was a great idea as I didn’t have to pay…

Be Here Now

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Transitioning to life in a foreign country without wi-fi to cushion or distract my disorientation was challenging exercise in mindfulness. Without e-mail to check, Facebook to peruse, research to poke through, or indeed, the ability to post to this blog, I was completely available…

Culture Shock in Japan

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Despite being Asian, this was the first time that I have ever stepped foot in to an Asian Country. I did not know what to expect. The moment that I stepped out from the airport, my mind was completely blown. My first thought was there’s so many…

Public Transportation in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Public transportation in Japan has been a wild ride for someone like me, who comes from a city where it is practically nonexistent. Here in Kyoto, there is an extensive bus and train system, a subway line, and Kyoto Station is…

Getting Accustomed To A New Place

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 Alright so starting off from the get-go. I arrived to Ireland on August 31 around 4:30 a.m. It was a long flight, but by the time I walked outside of the airport and realized I would be in this beautiful country…

Cultural Norms: My Experience with Japanese Train Etiquette

Grace Gettig Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Daito Bunka University, AY 2018-2019 So, I’ve been living in my little country town for a little over two weeks now and I want to start a series of posts about some of my fears for studying in a new country, and how I’m overcoming them….