The Great Trip

Michael Meilak Entrepreneurship Major Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017 During my stay in China I’ve experienced many new things I thought I would never see in my lifetime. First of all I never thought I would be on an airplane for fourteen straight hours. That was an experience within itself. As my time…

Always Find Happiness

Jake Sanderson Marketing Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017 This trip has shown me a lot about the country and a lot about myself. It has truly been beneficial and will continue to be throughout my business professional life. I have learned a large amount of ways that the Dominican…

“Ubuntu”

Keely Golden Exercise Science Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa, Summer I 2017 This past summer, I was a part of the study abroad trip “Health and Healthcare in South Africa”. I spent 20 days in South Africa with eleven other Western Michigan University Students. This trip was an absolutely life changing…

Preserving History

Lillian Manning Interior Design Major Western Roots of Interior Design- Greek Influence, Summer I 2017 This class was full of site seeing, great foods, and lots of movement. I learned that studying abroad wasn’t just about the final destination, it’s also about the travel experience. I usually don’t fly anywhere on a Friday and this…

The Perfect Balance

Keeley Van Blaicom Business Administration Major Business and Culture in South America: Chile, Summer II 2017 Engaging in a study abroad to Santiago, Chile was not a long time dream that I had imagined conquering.  However, being given the opportunity to venture south of the border I couldn’t refuse. The more I looked into Chilean…

Ready To Face The Challenges

Jenna Otten Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Travel and Tourism Majors Amazonian Culture and Environment Program, Manaus Brazil, Spring 2017 Travel is probably one of the most romanticized activities in human history. When someone comes home from an adventure, whether abroad or domestic, we expect to hear stories of wonder and an overall amazing experience….

Unique Classroom Experiences While Abroad.

Samantha Driver Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Focus on Healthcare: Summer School Utrecht, Netherlands, Summer II 2017. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Utrecht. This experience was life changing and very eye opening, I met so many incredible people and learned a lot from not only…

Growing In The Dominican Republic

Heather Fox Occupational Therapy Major Global Perspectives on Pediatric Rehabilitation in the Dominican Republic, Fall 2017 This summer, I joined Rebecca Layer OTR/L and several other Occupational therapy students in a trip to the Dominican Republic. This study abroad course was titled, “Global Perspectives in Pediatrics”. During our time in the Dominican Republic we were…

Enjoying Every Moment in South Africa

Maria Jaramillo Biochemistry Major Public Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa , Summer I 2017. My experience in South Africa was unbelievable. While I was away, I did my best to live in and enjoy every moment. Whether we were in a classroom, interacting with the local community, or travelling to the different destinations, there…

Forever Thankful

Lyndsie Fuller Occupational Therapy Major International Perspectives on Aging, Spring 2017. While abroad in Ireland we were given the opportunity to visit a dementia community called Moorehall Lodge. This is one of the most beautiful retirement communities I have ever seen. We were able to sit down and have conversations with the individuals that lived…

Eye Opening Experiences in London

Rachelle Post Organizational Communication Major Media Ethics in London, Summer II 2017 During my study abroad trip in London, England—the environment I lived in was much more quiet than a majority of London. I stayed in an apartment located in Marylebone. Marylebone had a village-like feel and was not very busy. Marylebone was very quiet…

My Dominican Republic Journey

Thomas Mahfet Finance Major Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic, Summer I 2017. During my stay in the Dominican Republic I had the opportunity to discover and learn a ton from my experiences throughout the study abroad trip. One of which was how much importance was placed on baseball not just for its popularity…