Returning from Senegal

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal Senegal, West Africa was a truly amazing and eye opening experience. Traveling across the world and living in another culture gave me the opportunity to build new connections and gain a better understanding of our world….

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…

Meeting the Genuine People of Jordan

Jacob Kubiak Majors: Global and International Studies and the Arabic language Program: Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan Since I departed the United States to study abroad in Jordan, I have met the nicest people in both Dubai and Amman. Not only are the people I have met incredibly friendly and helpful, but they are so genuine…

Grading in My Favor

Pamela Gudobba Majors: Japanese and Global International Studies Program: Ritsumeikan University, Japan Exams in Japan were definitely not what I expected them to be. Leading into exam season, I assumed I would have a lot of late-night study sessions where I tried to memorize the intimidating amount of the vocabulary and kanji I had been…

A Changing Mind-Set

Max Wicklund Major: Film, Video, and Media Studies Program: Business and Culture in Thailand While heading to Thailand, I began to grow concern about the communication barriers I would face. We were told there would be many times that we would be left to fend for ourselves, but leading up to the trip we were…

Mindful of One’s Surroundings

Madeline Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan   My name is Madeline Burda and I participated in a Japanese religion and culture study abroad program. Upon arrival to Japan, hearing a different language that you have only been studying for two semesters is very nerve wracking, but Japan is very accepting…

Finding “Forza” to Leave Florence

Megan Weaver Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy I feel extremely privileged to be here right now. Florence was iconic. It’s exactly how it’s depicted in movies, only better. We had the Duomo Cathedral just down the street from our hostel. There was art, both old and new, around every corner. I…

¿Te Gusta?

Cassidy Eastman Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador When I finally made it to the Quito airport, my host father was there waiting for me with open arms, despite the fact that it was 1:00 am. On the ride home, he kept telling me how excited he and his family…

Living With My Host Family

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Hands down one of the best parts about studying abroad is living with a host family. You eat together, play games together, watch sports together, go out together; they’re basically your family away from home! Living with a host family is one of…

“More Empanadas, Please.”

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have officially been living in Ecuador for two weeks today and I can proudly say I have made many improvements in my Spanish language skills. I am able to confidently order food without ‘surprise ingredients’ and hold brief conversations with people rather than responding…