Best Experience Of My Life In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Marquardt Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives in Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Winter Break 2016.  My study abroad trip was one of the best experiences of my college career. I grew so much in such a short amount of time, both personally and professionally. On a personal level, I understood what it felt…

China, Round Two: Different Experiences.

Velzson Davidson Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Chinese Language and Culture program, Summer II 2017. My second time in China was a great one. I have bettered my Chinese speaking and comprehension skills and learned more about Chinese culture and history. I experienced more growth as a person through my travels and met many great people….

Mind Opening Experiences In Peru

Chase Latka Gender and Women’s studies major Education, Service and International Development in Peru, Summer I 2017. Studying abroad in Peru opened up my mind to the options I have with my major and minors moving forward after college. I didn’t realize that I had so many options when it came to my major. When…

Learning New Cultures And Experiences In China

Jessica Chin Accountancy Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 I am a Chinese American student attending Western. I have visited my mothers’ home town in Taiwan but I had never been to mainland China before. I felt as though I was missing a part of my culture and experiences. I sometimes feel as…

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…

From Santander To Burgos

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 I have been in Spain for a little over two months now, and have experienced the unique opportunity of doing both Spain programs that Western offers: the summer program in Santander and the fall program in Burgos. Although the two programs overlap by about a week,…

Did I Ever Leave?

Sarah Keizer German and Tourism & Travel Bonn University, Germany Spring Semester 2017 I booked a seat by myself on the plane back to the U.S from Frankfurt, Germany. In our taxi to the airport, my friend and I spoke German with each other because we knew it would be the last time we were…

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

Efua Dankwa-Smith Major: Biomedical Sciences Universidad de Cantabria undergrad program, summer II, 2016 While attending the Universidad de Cantabria I took 3 courses: Studies in Hispanic Culture, Spanish Grammar, and Spanish Conversation. I feel like throughout my experience in Santander, the one thing that stuck out to me the most were the cultural differences between…

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…