A Reflection: Being Grateful For My Experiences Abroad

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Major Program: Spanish in Quito,Ecuador My time in Ecuador has impacted my life in numerous ways. I was completely immersed in the Ecuadorian culture the minute I was welcomed by my host family at the airport. They welcomed me with open arms and I spent a great amount of time…

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…

Everything Is Not as It Seems

Kylie  Madsen Major: Advertising and Promotion Program: Business & Culture Dominican Republic After arriving in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I exchanged money at the airport. Even though I was in a rush and quickly put my money away, I was still in awe that their currency is bright and colorful! The bills are purple, orange,…

Money is everything right

Maddie Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan Money is everything right? Well, this is very true in Japan. Japan is a cash-based society, so I had to do some research prior to departure. With my research I found that my personal bank, Chase does currency exchange for a very low fee….

Learning to Navigate Public Transit: The Struggles of a Small Town Girl

Eden Vansicklen Major: Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing Program: Business & Culture in Germany After about two weeks of being in Germany, I have had to use public transportation quite a bit. My program is faculty led, so public transportation is essentially written in the itinerary every day. I come from small town in…

A Timeless Country: Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy After 12 days in Italy, it is easy to see how old everything is here. From the streets to the buildings, and all environments in between, you get impressions of all of the people that have ever walked the same steps as you. However,…

Transportation of Thailand

Dylan Coleman Major:Sales and Business Marketing and Leadership and Business Strategy Program: Business and Culture in Thailand You will notice many different forms of transportation in Thailand. Moped, train, subway, boats, and Tuk Tuks. A Tuk Tuk is a type of a taxi, but looks nothing like what we think a taxi would look like…

Thailand’s River-Ways

Austin Malotke Food and Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing Thailand Study Abroad Being in Bangkok is an extremely different experience than any US city. In this last year I’ve been to New York City and trying to compare these two are night and day. I truly thought that I would be able to compare the two…

Battle of the Mud Buckets

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While our group was in route to Chicago to board our 15-hour flight to Hong Kong, we had a startling realization that a time delay for our flight meant we would miss the flight to Bangkok, leaving us stranded in Hong…

Organized Chaos

Carly Baldwin Major(s): Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Program: Education & Service in Nepal One part of being in Kathmandu that shocked me last year, and was still as awe-worthy this year, is the traffic. There are no street lights, lines on the roads or signs in the city. Despite the lack of what we,…

Temples, Mountains, and Motorcycles Oh My!

Makayla Bennett Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal My experience in Nepal thus far has been extremely informative. Each day I am learning something new regarding the culture. The things that have impacted me the most have been the temples, mountains and means of transportation. When we arrived…

Surprises in Panama: The Show Must Go On

Emma Kuechler Majors: Dance and Public Relations Program: WMU Movement Exchange Annual Exchange to Panama! I am halfway through my Exchange Study Abroad program in Panama! Although my time has been absolutely amazing, it took a while for me to get accustomed to life in Panama. When we arrived, we were staying at a beautiful,…