Getting Accustomed To A New Place

Taylor Pace Major: Journalism University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin Fall 2018 Alright so starting off from the get-go. I arrived to Ireland on August 31 around 4:30 a.m. It was a long flight, but by the time I walked outside of the airport and realized I would be in this beautiful country…

Here’s to Not “No”ing

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018 Gate Attendant: “Are you Ehrig?!” Me: “Yes?” Gate Attendant: “You’d better run! They’re closing the doors NOW!” This is exactly how I boarded my first flight to study abroad. The flight that I thought was 10:40 pm Chicago time was actually 9:40 pm…

How/Why did I Choose my Program?

Nick Talamantez Major: Film, Video and Media Studies Non-WMU: Sol Education, Granada, Spain, Fall 2018 With all of the study abroad programs out there, how did I manage to narrow my choices down to one? A LOT of reading! Man do I hate to glaze over program pages for hours! It was necessary for me…

Lessons Learned From Traveling to 12 Countries in 4 Months

Katelyn Krulek Advertising & Promotion Major HU Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Netherlands, Fall 2017 Let me just start out by saying that I had no initial intention of traveling to numerous countries before my departure to a study abroad semester in the Netherlands. I knew I would see some of the sights, but definitely not…

Experience A New Way Of Life

Brenda Martinez Global & International Studies Major Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Fall 2017 I traveled to China to study abroad in Beijing, one of the largest cities in the world for a semester all by myself. My study abroad experience had to be one of the hardest challenges I have faced in my…

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…

Still Things To Learn

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 Morelia, Mexico is where I am doing my Study Abroad at and where my parents are from, and yet there are still things to learn. Money, for example is valued in pesos. Currently, every US dollar is worth 17.5 Pesos….

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…

Choosing an Arabic-Speaking Study Abroad Destination

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco The decision to study Arabic was born from a deep love of the Spanish language and Spain’s cultural ties to the Muslim world. I had the most amazing Egyptian teacher at WMU for my first semester and I was…

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…

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…

What To Expect When Living In London

Tori Ford Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design and Development Regent’s University, United Kingdom, Spring Semester 2017 Okay, let’s talk money ladies and gents. As the semester rolls on, I realized the importance of making a budget before going abroad. London is an expensive place, but if you stick to a budget, you can make it…