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…

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…

Fulfilling My College Goals and Dreams

Madison Liebler English and Art Major Non-WMU Program- The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Summer I, 2018 In less than a week, I’ll be boarding a flight to Europe and fulfilling my college goals and dreams… I’ll be studying for a month at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. I found the program a few months…

Fasten Seat Belt

Max Wellman English: Creative Writing and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017  The day I left for Spain was like waiting for a bomb to go off. I knew it was going to happen and that it would be fast. My chest felt hollow, save for my heart, whose work I could hear thudding…

There’s No Place Like Home

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been back in the United States for almost a month now. Studying abroad in Spain was an amazing experience, both at an academic and personal level. However, it has been a relief to be back in my element to decompress before the winter semester…

We Made It! – IndiBroncos 2017 Day 1

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 instructors of these courses, Jennifer and Timothy, are writing the introduction blog for their programs….

My ‘Aha’ Moments

Korrin Gholston Nursing Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 Allow me to begin by stating that learning abroad should be a requirement for any degree curriculum at Western.  The lessons I’ve learned and the experiences I’ve shared with the many people involved with this class far exceeded my expectations. …

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…

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…

How To Get To France In Less Than 48 Hours

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 Hello new readers! My name is Amanda. I am a Biochemistry major and French minor at Western Michigan University. One of my many passions is traveling. But not just traveling to travel, but traveling to learn. I have visited Ireland, Costa Rica, Canada, and China. My…

What To Expect When You First Arrive in London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Flying into the airport in the UK still wasn’t enough for me to realize I was in another country. It all still felt a bit surreal. Like I would walk through a door and be back home. I’ll tell…

You Can’t Get By with Franglais Here

Teresa Turner Film, Video, & Media Studies Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I open my eyes from a very short nap on a 9 hour flight to see the beautiful French country side far below me. The people sitting near me on the plane probably thought I was crazy when they saw the…