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….

Pre-Departure Jitters

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Ok, so here I am. About to embark on the journey of a lifetime…and I can’t seem to find my winter hat. Not just any winter hat, but my VIXX winter hat. You may ask, “what’s so important about a hat?” and you…

Weekends

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II Two months of free time on the weekends in Santander sounds nice… and it was.  However, that sentence is a bit misleading.  Yes, we had tons of free time on the weekends, but sometimes we went on mandatory excursions as a…

Testimonial: Mijn Tijd in de Nederlands

Alexis Flicek Hogeschool of Utrecht, Spring 2018 Study Abroad Testimonial Intro Hello, my name is Alexis Flicek and this will be a quick testimonial about my time abroad in the Netherlands during the spring semester of 2018. I am currently going into my senior year at WMU, and studying Integrated Supply Management and minoring in…

A Leap of Faith

Lucy LaVoy Major: Dietetics Universidad de Cantrabria, Spain, Summer II, 2018 One week away.  I am equally excited and terrified to see what lies ahead.  I suppose this is what everyone feels when they begin to take on a life goal.  In one week I will be on an airplane, heading towards Spain to study…

The Spider and the Wasp

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017  I initially had no desire to write about this, because it’s a controversial subject; but it exists, and it’s part of the culture, and I went. Hemingway, for all his masculine straightforwardness, was himself perplexed at how to approach the subject. There’s…

N.ever E.nd P.eace A.nd L.ove

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal, Summer I, 2018 My name is Carly Baldwin and in the Fall of 2018 I will be a fifth year senior.  I am studying Early Childhood Education and Spanish.  I recently went on a sixteen-day study abroad program to Nepal…