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,…

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…

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…

The Return Home

Rebecca Shaefer Graphic Design Major Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 While studying in Europe, one major cultural difference to adjust to was a language barrier. The only person in our group who could speak Italian was Jeff, our faculty leader. While a large amount of the population spoke English, not everyone did and not…

Halfway Around the World, I Feel Right at Home

Megan Eiswerth Major: Graphic Design Book Arts in Europe, Summer I 2017 The start to my journey has been filled with incredible sights and wonderful experiences, as well as some minor speed bumps along the way. During the layover at the Frankfurt airport, me and my friend had some confusion about our gate number for…

China… HERE I COME!

Miranda McDowell Major: Health Education: Community Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 It’s hard to believe I am leaving for China in two short days! It feels like the time has flown by in preparation for the trip and I know the time will fly by even faster while I am there. My…

You Mean They Don’t Speak Spanish in China…?

Carly Baldwin Majors: Early Childhood Professional & Spanish Education and Health Across China Summer I, 2017 The one thing that has shocked me was that I forgot how tough it is to not know the native language.  The past two times I’ve been out of the country have been to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic,…

What’s To Worry About…?

Meriah Putnam Major: Integrated Supply Management Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic Summer I, 2017 What is little ole 4’9″ me worried about studying abroad in the Dominican Republic? I think honestly, my two biggest worries are not speaking the language and whether or not my seasonal allergies will be the death of me. For…

Culture Shock: An Eye Opener

Keagan Gay Major: Public Relations Minors: Sociology, Global & International Studies, and Journalism Program: Stockholm University, Sweden Culture shock is an interesting concept. Before I went abroad, I assumed that my culture shock would simply be trying to orient myself in a new city, and be aware that I am a long ways from home….

When You Just Want to Get Your Eyebrows Waxed but Spanish is Hard

Sydney Foster Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina The no-talking-allowed simulation they make you play in orientation is no joke. I went to get my eyebrows waxed for the first time in Argentina, so I could stop looking like Chewbacca and more like myself, and there were massive communication boundaries. In…

Lost on the first day

Sydney Foster Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing Majors Buenos Aires, Argentina There is absolutely no way to perfectly describe the first day of a study abroad experience. You’re flooded with so many emotions within the first day, and sorting them out can seem like a job of it’s own. The minute you step off…