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 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…

Never Underestimate the Power of Body Language

Rachel Harvey Major: Communication Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break Over this Spring Break, I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to study Intercultural Communication and Ethnography. There was so many things to be excited about, and one big fear: I cannot speak Spanish. I had taken…

Returning From Pura Vida

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic During my time with my host family, I was able to overcome many of my communication barriers. My host family said I became better to understand and have a nice fluent accent. When I arrived, I was still having to use google translate at…

Coffee & Cultural Comparison in Costa Rica

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break During my stay so far in Costa Rica, my host family has been amazing and had been making the most appetizing meals! Thus far, my favorite breakfast was with a sliced Papaya, which I had never tried before being in Costa…

Adapting to the Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communications Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break The typical food that I believe Dominicans eat at any time of the day is red beans and rice, plantains, and some kind of meat that is most likely beef. My group and I ate breakfast around 7 a.m. every morning, lunch…

Guatellamas 2019: Communicating with the Locals

Dana Schrader Major: Occupational Therapy Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Thus far in the trip, we have had many opportunities to communicate with the locals. Just walking down the street, it is custom to greet any person you see with a “Buenos Días” (good morning), a smile, or a wave. While driving, people generally honk…