How to Blend With Maghrebian Culture via Fashion

Morgan McCullough Global & International Studies / Spanish Major, Arabic Minor Non-WMU Program: IES Rabat, Morocco Packing for Morocco as a female was initially not an easy task. I scoured the depths of the Internet for travel blogs about what to wear and the common consensus seemed to be to make sure shoulders and knees…

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…

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….

Settling In

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 The first days have started to settle in, and for the time being, I’m a fish out of water. Thankfully, I exchanged currency at my bank at home before I left, so that was kind of comforting. There’s easy ways to do…

Departure Jitters

Elizabeth Thompson English: Creative Writing Major Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, Fall 2017 I’ve always considered myself to be an independent person. Traveling alone has never been an issue for me. I was sent on a flight across the country when I was fifteen to visit family friends, and seeing as I’m now an adult,…

Practice Makes Perfect

Jasmine Birdsong Biomedical Science and Spanish Majors Universidad de Cantabria Undergraduate Program, Summer II 2017 Upon arriving in Spain, I was nervous. I was already told what to expect from professors and some blogs that I had read on the internet, but the experience itself was amazing. As I gained confidence in myself, Spanish became…

First Day Ups And Downs

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Moving now into my third day of Japan, I am recovering from sleep, I think, and making progress with adjusting, but I still have a far way to go. While the last days were full of nervous energy of how do I get from…

5 Things To Stress About Before A Semester In Rabat.

Morgan McCullough Global and International Studies and Spanish Majors Non-WMU Program, Rabat Morocco, Fall 2017. The countdown in my phone is telling me that there are only 13 more days until I board a flight from Detroit to Madrid, where I will muster up some confidence and slowly make my way to Rabat. So many…

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…

Sorry Mom, But I Think I Lost My Passport

Ellie Heinz Major: Marketing Summer II Global Ambassadors Scholarship Program, 2017  Hey there, as a rookie taking on the opportunity of studying abroad for the very first time, let’s just say getting lost isn’t my first fear on the “fear list”. The biggest fear that’s hovering over my head is that of losing my passport. Now that…

Lacking Sleep, Gaining Nostalgia

Olivia Trappen Major: Undecided Economics and Society in the Dominican Republic – Global Ambassadors , Summer II 2017. At around 1am in the night before my departure, I felt a flash of regret for allowing my pre-travel excitement to keep me up this late- a decision that would surely bite me 4 hours later when my…

New And Different Experiences In China

Bionca Stewart Major: Pre-Psychology Chinese Language and Culture, Summer II 2017. When I arrived in Beijing I didn’t think I would have culture shock to anything because I mentally prepped myself for everything. I can say that I did NOT prep myself for everything! The one thing that was not put on my list was…