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…

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…

Japan Starter Kit

Jasmine Kraemer Major: Japanese and Interdisciplinary Health Services Keio University, AY 2018-2019 Starting from scratch in a new country can seem like a daunting task at first with having to do things like getting supplies, being able to use your phone, applying for residency, and setting up insurance among other things. On top of those,…

Arriving in Madrid

Brock Notter Major: Finance and Economics Non-WMU Program: Saint Louis University: Madrid, Fall 2018 The Essentials to Starting Off in Madrid 1.  Currency I pre-ordered money from my bank, so I would have euros to get a taxi from the airport to my apartment. This was a great idea as I didn’t have to pay…

¿Qué pasa con el Peso?

Lauren LaLonde Major: Political Science and Spanish CIEE: Cuban Studies-University of Havana, Fall 2018. In Cuba, the cost of living can either be extremely cheap, or extremely expensive. But how can that be? Well folks, Cuba has two completely different currencies circulating throughout their economy. They have two different names (though most people refer to…

The Problem With the Study Abroad Mindset

Annika Ehrig Major: Spanish and Sales and Business Marketing CIMBA, Fall 2018. I’ve planned on studying abroad since I was a sophomore in high school. The concept has always excited me and given me an excuse to leave the common sights of my campus and see other countries, continents, and cultures. I’m so blessed and this…

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…

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…

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….