Brainstorming Intaglio Prints

Nicole Wetzel Major: Graphic Design Program: The Book of Arts in Italy We spent our last week abroad in Venice, where we worked with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. After settling into our apartments and spending some time checking out the city, we met at the studio to begin our project. Our first day was…

Waking up to Italy

Sarah Trumbull Major: Graphic Design Program: Book of Arts in Italy You know when you wake up on very important days, such as your birthday, and it is your first thought when you wake up? “It’s my birthday today” you think, with your head still on the pillow and your eyes hardly open. It felt…

Money is everything right

Maddie Burda Major: Public Relations Program: Religion and Culture in Japan Money is everything right? Well, this is very true in Japan. Japan is a cash-based society, so I had to do some research prior to departure. With my research I found that my personal bank, Chase does currency exchange for a very low fee….

Adjust Your Altitude

Makayla Bennett Majors: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal As my time at Western Michigan University comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my time here. I have loved each and every professor. I have gained experience inside and outside the classroom. In addition to this, I have…

Cheap Buys in Thailand

Joseph Thompson Majors:Food and CPG marketing Program: Business & Culture Thailand Starting off let’s talk about flying international. It takes way too long and it’s even harder if you can’t find a way to sleep on the plane. Also I can tell what kind of marketing they were doing when putting the first class private…

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…

Commuting in Costa Rica

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Since arriving here in Heredia, Costa Rica two major differences that have stood out to me is the restaurant experience and the methods of transportation. Most restaurants have options for both indoor and outdoor seating which I love. It’s definitely not something you come…

Cutting Costs in Japan

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 When I told my family about my plans to study abroad in Japan, one of the first things they asked was how I would afford living in a foreign country for a year. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it: studying abroad is expensive. As a…

Getting Around in Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Here in Costa Rica I live with a host family in the little neighborhood of La Esperanza, which literally translates to “hope” (how cute is that?!). I think it’s in the perfect location because it’s within walking distance to the university, downtown Heredia,…

Tech Trouble in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Upon arriving to Japan, I had the unfortunate experience of having to replace both my cell phone and my laptop back-to-back. My phone screen short circuited for whatever reason, and my laptop was accidentally pushed off my desk and the screen…

Novice Mistakes Young Travelers Make

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I haven’t been around as long as many of my favorite travel-influencers have been but, after traveling to my 10th country I’ve learned a lot and want to share it with anyone who wants to start traveling internationally for the first time or…

How to Get From Here to There in Havana

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018 I’ve got to admit, I’m someone who loves to drive. Whenever I travel, one of the things that I miss the most about home is being able to drive a car whenever I want. Part of it is the freedom that…