Communication Failures

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 The first time I had a communication failure was the first day in Spain. I knew it was bound to happen, but it really made me anxious for the rest of my program. I went to Madrid first before traveling to Santander. We had…

New Experiences In Peru

Elizabeth Machado Educational Leadership Urubamba, Peru; Education, Service, and International Development,Summer I 2017 Prior to my arrival at Western to attend graduate school, I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I had an influential study abroad experience as an undergraduate and I knew the second time around I not only wanted to go abroad,…

You Wont Regret It

Amber Burbon Major: Marketing Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 I’ve had a lot of people ask me how my time was abroad and to describe it them. I find these difficult questions to answer because how do I sum up the new life I found abroad? How could I possibly do it justice in only…

What I Learned In The Dominican Republic

Jill Puckett Advertising & Promotion Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, summer I 2017. Immerse yourself in a different culture for a couple of weeks and you will find yourself looking at the world from a slightly different perspective. You learn that people act differently than yourself and that’s okay. As a citizen of…

The Strangeness Of Coming Home

Kelsey Ennis Major: History and German Bonn University, Spring 2017 Being back in the USA, I am not out of place, no one thinks that I’m not American, and everyone’s first inclination is to speak English with me. It’s easy, comfortable, relaxed, and a little boring. It’s about two weeks now that I’ve been back…

The Return From South Africa

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017   Hello there! It’s Marshall again writing this from… Kalamazoo, Michigan! I have returned from the wonderful place that is Cape Town, South Africa and am adjusting back to the time change, driving, and the people who surround me everyday. There has definitely…

New Perspective

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 My journey back was a very long one, and at the time, I couldn’t wait to return home safe and sound. I took the train from Lyon to Disneyland Paris, the metro from Disneyland Paris to Charles…

Saying Farewell

Taylor Bird Public Relations Media Ethics in London, summer II 2017 Hello loves, And just like that, 16 days passed, and this Media Ethics trip has come to a close. No more early mornings for class, or to listen to guest speakers. No more visits to amazing companies. No more walking tours through intricate cities….

Living with a Host Family in Spain

Vanessa Chiodo Major: Spanish Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When thinking about studying abroad to Spain, I was super worried about my future host family. Two months is a long time to be uncomfortable in a random house with random people. I first messaged my host mom three weeks before the program and…

France Under A Microscope

Amanda Croft Major: Biochemistry Summer II Lyon Program, 2017 So, I am required to read this book while I’m here (yes I know, gasp, I have homework!). The book is called Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong by Jean-Benoît Nadeau.  I’m not going to write you a book report, but the big introductory point of the book…

Finding The Right Host Family

Courtney Bergstrom Majors: Speech Pathology and Audiology Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, Summer II, 2017 When I first got to Spain, I didn’t have to worry about exchanging my money at the airport because I had come with euros. Before I left for Spain, I exchanged money at my bank at home, I thought it would be…

A Home Away From Home

Teresa Turner Major: Film, Video, & Media Studies Minors: French, Journalism Lyon Summer Program, France, Summer II 2017 I have now been in France for 3 weeks today. My French has improved more than I’d have hoped, I’ve created a ton of new friends, and I am much more accustomed with the city. The last…