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…

Learning About Different Histories In Ireland

Maria Carson Undecided Major Colonialism and Terrorism: Case Study, Ireland and Northern Ireland, Summer II 2016. I learned a lot on this study abroad, I was never taught about Ireland’s history and this study abroad really taught me and helped me understand the struggles that have happened in Ireland. There were many unique learning experiences that…

Calm Before The Storm

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Wow, already one week! It’s definitely been a blur and not one day has been anything like another. I am glad that, comparatively, today was my first rest day. Not to say I still didn’t get up at 5AM and run around campus. I…

Learning New Cultures And Experiences In China

Jessica Chin Accountancy Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I am a Chinese American student attending Western. I have visited my mothers’ home town in Taiwan but I had never been to mainland China before. I felt as though I was missing a part of my culture and experiences. I sometimes feel as…

How I Became A Time Traveler On My Longest Day Ever (Literally)

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 And so the morning of my longest day finally arrived. After having plans of going to bed early, but instead nonetheless staying up to 1AM doing final small prep work— actually packing my backpack, filling my luggage and weighing, finding it was more than…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

Unique Experiences In Europe

Madeline Galer Photography and Intermedia Major Book Arts in Europe, summer I 2017 Our daily life was very different than back in the states. One major difference between life here and life in Europe was how much walking you would do in one day. Cars and taxis weren’t very common in the cities we visited…

The Impact Of Studying Abroad

Cassidy Crouch Spanish and Bio med Majors Universidad de Cantabria, Summer II 2017 Throughout my four years of studying Spanish here I have sat through many student presentations about their study abroad experiences and every single one of them ended by saying that studying abroad changed their life. I finally decided to go abroad during…

Did I Ever Leave?

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I booked a seat by myself on the plane back to the U.S from Frankfurt, Germany. In our taxi to the airport, my friend and I spoke German with each other because we knew it would be the last time we were…

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…

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…