Adjusting To University Life In Mexico

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Universidad Latina de America is in the top three best universities in Morelia, in fact it’s a private school.  This was a challenge for me since I have only attended public schools. Well, there’s a first time for everything right?…

Great Impact In The Netherlands

Dennis Schneider Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering Major HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Fall 2017 My study abroad experiences greatly impacted my academic pursuits in several ways. My long term academic pursuit is to obtain my master’s in business administration (MBA) after completing my major in Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering. Completing a minor study in…

A Lasting And Deep Impact

Kristie Hsieh Occupational Therapy Graduate Program International Perspectives on Aging- Spring Break, Spring 2017 During the trip to Ireland we visited many different sites that have had a great positive impact in my academics.  One experience that is significant to me is the visit to the smart home.  Seeing the technology being used in the…

Understanding Life In Other Cultures

Samantha Lessard Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging-Spring break, Spring 2017 While in Ireland, we go to experience how the geriatric population is treated by healthcare workers, their families, community and how they view themselves. As a soon to be occupational therapist, it was very informative to see how different geriatrics are treated in…

Dealing With Real Life Issues

Melina Wilcox Art Major Studio Art College International, Florence Italy, Spring 2018    When you go off to study abroad, you get an idea that your experience will be a break from your real life—that living in another country will be somehow easier or that problems you have to deal with as a burgeoning adult won’t…

A No-Brainer

Sierra Young Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 My decision to study abroad was a no-brainer. I had been excited about it since high school and I knew that Spain was my best option. It gave me the opportunity to speak Spanish, while also allowing me to see other…

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Rachel Anderson Interdisciplinary Health Services and Spanish Double Major Universidad de Burgos program, Fall 2017 At times, pictures simply cannot do justice to demonstrate the beauty of things in life. In the same way, I am certain there is no way to fully explain my experience studying abroad in Burgos, Spain. The buildings, streets, food,…

The Challenges Were Worth It

Sarah Piper Public Relations Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 The challenge in reflecting about a study abroad experience is that the cliches are true. When a student returns home and says that studying abroad is both difficult and worthwhile: they sound like a broken record repeating what every other student has ever said, but…

110 Arabian Nights

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco At the beginning of my semester, I wrote 5 questions that I hoped I would be able to answer by the end of the semester. Naturally, nothing went as planned. The streets looked nothing like how I pictured them, and I…

Trading Nervousness For Great Challenges And Adventures.

Alex McMahon Sales and Business Marketing Major Universidad Iberoamericana -UNIBE, Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 As I sit here in 5 degree weather with blowing snow, I am reassured that I made the right decision to go to the Dominican Republic for my study abroad.  How can you not want to go to a tropical island…

End Of Orientation And Dealing With Disappointment

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018   The end of this week brings the end of the Study Abroad Orientation. I won’t exactly be missing it. In general, this week has had some better moments, but has also had its fair share of trials as well. Now though, with all…

Feeling Empowered In Chile

Suzanna Peczeniuk-Hoffman Business Administration Major Business and culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017. Studying abroad in Santiago, Chile was the most amazing opportunity in Western Michigan University’s MBA program. Initially, I did not know what to expect. I was nervous because I did not know anyone in my program and had never been…