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…

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…

Feeling at Home while Abroad

Irene Kivinen Spanish Major Universidad de Burgos, Fall 2017 Autumn is upon us here in Burgos– the leaves have started to change, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is a little colder. Although it seems far too soon for this, in exactly two months from now I will be heading back home. I…

Gaining Confidence In The Dominican Republic

Rachel Leader Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, fall 2017 On August 20th 2017, I went on a trip to San Pedro in the Dominican Republic that change my life by helping me grow personally, professionally, and academically. This was my first trip out of the country and first…

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…

5 Things To Stress About Before A Semester In Rabat.

Morgan McCullough Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Non-WMU Program, Rabat Morocco, Fall 2017. The countdown in my phone is telling me that there are only 13 more days until I board a flight from Detroit to Madrid, where I will muster up some confidence and slowly make my way to Rabat. So many…

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…